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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

The Tonk

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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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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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...

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No discussion about Ponting's future: Arthur

Ricky Ponting

Chris Barrett Australia coach Mickey Arthur says selectors have had no conversation "whatsoever" about Ricky Ponting's immediate future but the veteran has been put on notice that he needs runs in Perth or he may...

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Perth place not in doubt but Ponting is on notice

Ricky Ponting

Chris Barrett AUSTRALIA coach Mickey Arthur says selectors have had no conversation ''whatsoever'' about Ricky Ponting's immediate future but the veteran has been put on notice that he needs runs in Perth or he...

Ponting-Waugh record set to stand test of time

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett RECORDS are made to be broken but Steve Waugh's position at the top of the table for most appearances in the baggy green is likely to stand the test of time.

Lillee says maturing Johnson can play key role at Ashes

Chris Barrett Dennis Lillee says Mitchell Johnson can be a vital cog in Australia's Ashes machine next year, having steered him back to Test cricket following a year on the outer.

Four thought: Clarke urged to move up order

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett GREG CHAPPELL, the former Australian captain and selector, believes Michael Clarke should rise up the batting order to No.

Watson's switch to No.4 set to raise concerns over raw top order

Australia's Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Australia's top three batsmen could have as few as 24 caps between them.

Watson's likely move to No.4 will expose green top order

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett VICE-CAPTAIN Shane Watson is set to move down a spot in the Test batting order in the wake of Ricky Ponting's retirement, leaving Australia with an inexperienced top three with as few as 24 caps...

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Selectors punt on Hughes

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau AFTER a year in the international wilderness, Phillip Hughes is set to be given the opportunity to forge a long-term Test career with a recall for Australia's series opener against Sri Lanka next...

Watson to go fourth

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Vice-captain Shane Watson has all but confirmed he will be shifted down the Australian batting order for next week's first Test against Sri Lanka to accommodate the recall of Phillip Hughes.

Panel kept Hughes from Proteas, says Inverarity

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett, Michael Chammas RICKY PONTING has endorsed the selection of Phillip Hughes as his Test replacement as it emerged the 24-year-old was shielded from an international return against top-ranked South Africa.