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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Calf strain grounds Shaun Marsh as Test squad flies to South Africa

Chris Barrett Australia are all but resigned to losing a second player from their 15-man squad to South Africa, with recalled batsman Shaun Marsh not expected to overcome a calf strain.

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Phil Hughes gets the nod for Test recall

Phil Hughes

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes is off to South Africa after all, his Test career resurrected after Shaun Marsh was unable to recover from a calf strain in time to make his own return against the world No.1 Proteas.

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'Worst' pace attack won't test batsmen, says Hogg

Rodney Hogg

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu SRI LANKA'S fast bowling attack is the worst to come to Australia and will not give the home team any clarity about its top order by the summer's end, says former Test paceman Rodney Hogg.

Great expectations for Philander

South Africa's Vernon Philander.

Chris Barrett Vernon Philander is a relative newcomer to the South African set-up, but with fellow fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, he has more than held his own among the world's elite in his short...

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Danger duo out to halt Australia's resurgence

Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu IT WAS almost as if they scripted it. More than half the South African touring party had come through the arrivals section at Sydney International Airport in dribs and drabs, making their way past...

Wade will take over the gloves from Haddin

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett THE worst-kept secret in Australian cricket is set to be confirmed today with the anticipated selection of Matthew Wade for the first Test against South Africa likely to effectively end Brad Haddin's...

Numbers against Hussey in battle against Proteas

Michael Hussey

Chris Barrett THE desire of Michael Hussey to play on until next year's Ashes double header faces stiff examination in the next month, with alarming statistics revealing he averages less than 10 against South...

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Proteas' weapon primed

Chris Barrett Vernon Philander is not very tall, but it is coming out of the hand that counts.

'Humble businessman' Philander a vital cog in Proteas' pace machine

Vernon Darryl Philander

Chris Barrett VERNON PHILANDER was whacked on his bowling shoulder in the SCG nets yesterday, applying an ice pack to the wound for the remainder of South Africa's first Australian training session.

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Watson ruled out of first Test

Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson has been officially ruled out of the first Test against South Africa on Friday, clearing the way for Victoria's Rob Quiney to make his debut against the Proteas at the Gabba.

Arthur turns left in search of ways to stop Steyn

Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett THE words slipped out of Mickey Arthur's lips before he had realised. ''It's no secret that Dale [Steyn] hasn't bowled well to left-handers,'' Australia's coach said, explaining the selection of Rob...

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Arthur caught in slips by Steyn

Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Brisbane The words slipped out of Australian coach Mickey Arthur's lips before he had realised.

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Bring it on, Warner tells South Africa trio

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  David Warner bats during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on November 6, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Test opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in Friday's first Test at the...

Tell Steyn to bring it on, says Warner

Australian opener David Warner

Chris Barrett TEST opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in Friday's first Test at the...

Take me on, Warner dares Proteas

Australian opener David Warner.

Chris Barrett Test opener brazenly issues a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio.

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McDermott sets hot pace

Craig McDermott.

Chris Barrett Craig McDermott cuts formal ties with Cricket Australia and opens his own travelling fast-bowling school.

Five-question haul: Australia’s moment of truth

James Pattinson

Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton With the opening Test of the summer starting tomorrow, Fairfax cricket writers Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton discuss what looms as an intriguing match against South Africa.

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Pup tears up tip sheet and tells quicks to rip in

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett DOSSIER or no dossier, Australia's hungry fast bowlers have been given licence to bombard South Africa with bouncers in an effort to get under the thick skins of the world No.

A little less pace in Australian pacemen

Dinkus for the Tonk.

Chris Barrett Australia's arsenal of fast bowlers has not fired as expected in Brisbane, and the numbers indicate it is nowhere near as quick as anticipated either.

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Hilfenhaus happy to serve it up to Proteas

Ben Hilfenhaus.

Chris Barrett Ben Hilfenhaus played with fire by bouncing South Africa's fearsome fast bowler Dale Steyn on Sunday.