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Chris Barrett

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

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Alex Doolan misses CA contract as Johnson, Warner and Haddin the big winners

Chris Barrett Australian selectors have given an indication of their top-order intentions by including Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes in a compressed 18-man central contract list but excluding incumbent No.

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How Shaun Marsh earned his second chance

Shaun Marsh

Chris Barrett The script wasn't meant to go this way for Shaun Marsh.

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Sydney Thunder have a song, now they need a victory

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Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu They can't make the Big Bash League finals – in fact they're guaranteed the wooden spoon again – but Sydney Thunder have at least one good reason to upset cross-town rivals the Sixers...

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Player push to move Big Bash to October to save Shield

Brett Lee and Jordan Silk of the Syndey Sixers during the Big Bash League match.

Chris Barrett Australia's players have tabled a recommendation to Cricket Australia that the Big Bash League to be played in October in future seasons.

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

Shaun Marsh

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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Drinking games rekindle Lyon's thirst

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett Channelling the legendary Bobby Boucher, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has begun devising how to unseat England's batsmen at Old Trafford while mixing the team's sports drinks.

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Final chance for under-fire batsmen, says Lehmann

Darren Lehmann.

Chris Barrett Darren Lehmann says there are batsmen who will have their Test careers on the line in the final leg of the Ashes at the Oval next week after another capitulation handed England a series victory in...

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CA scheme to bring Robson back into Australia fold

The one that got away: Sam Robson.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia have devised a plan under which prolific Middlesex opener Sam Robson would be able to start this season with NSW in the Sheffield Shield and possibly even play against England this...

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Robson's pledge to English cricket complicates home calling

Middlesex batsman Sam Robson

Chris Barrett Australia's aspirations to draw Sydney-born Sam Robson back into their system and possibly into the Test team are complicated by a written agreement he gave stating his desire to play for England.

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Give young batsmen a chance, Ponting pleads

Australia's Usman Khawaja walks from the pitch after being caught by England's Graeme Swann during the fourth day of the fourth Ashes series cricket match at the Riverside cricket ground, Chester-le-Street, England, Monday Aug. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Chris Barrett Ricky Ponting has backed the call for selectors to have patience with Australia's emerging crop of batsmen rather than toss them out after the Ashes series defeat in England.

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Ashes: David Warner facing uphill battle to make squad

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07:  David Warner of the Blues is bowled by Scott Boland of the Bushrangers during the Ryobi Cup match between NSW Blues and Victoria Bushrangers at Bankstown Oval on October 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett David Warner faces the axe from Australia's Test side for the Ashes unless he can light up the opening two rounds of the Sheffield Shield.

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David Warner comes out swinging ... in support of Shane Watson

David Warner

Chris Barrett David Warner has moved to silence suggestions of disharmony between himself and Shane Watson.

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Hughes on the edge over third Test batting order

Phillip Hughes.

Chris Barrett Phillip Hughes admits his constant repositioning can be "mentally frustrating".

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Our highest scoring batsman in England right now plays for the other side

Robson

Chris Barrett A week before Australia lobbed on England's south coast, there was another Australian here compiling runs, and lots of them.

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Unwanted hat-trick for Hughes

David Warner

Chris Barrett Australia has recalled David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

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Fresh start for state as Jones lands top job

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Chris Barrett A new era at Cricket NSW begins on Friday, with James Sutherland's former right-hand man Andrew Jones tipped to become the state's chief executive.

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Watson headed back to the Futures

Man of the match Shane Watson.

Chris Barrett SHANE WATSON is set to be whipped into readiness for the first Test against South Africa by playing in a NSW development side of players under the age of 23 in Canberra.

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Quiney’s Test debut looms after battle with Proteas

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Chris Barrett VICTORIA’S Rob Quiney is set for a Test debut against South Africa on Friday after being called into the Australia squad as cover for the injured Shane Watson.

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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...