Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Cricket

Stars in their own right

Greg Baum Meg Lanning's hero was Ricky Ponting. Her effortless straight drive for six en route to top score in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh on Sunday would have done Ponting proud.

Cricket

Michael Clarke rises to greatness in the face of resentment

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Greg Baum After Michael Clarke's dazzling debut century in Bangalore in 2004, then teammate Darren Lehmann declared that Clarke should play every Test for the next 10 years, even if it meant the forfeit of his...

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After 99 Tests, skipper's still a breath of fresh air

Greg Baum At Clarke's 100th Test match, he should be celebrated for what he is, a formidable Test cricketer.

Cricket

Haunting future just not cricket

Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

Cricket

White keen to put skills to the Test

Greg Baum Cameron White is in form with bat and ball and is younger than George Bailey.

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Michael Clarke the master of critical situations

Greg Baum The emerging lesson of Clarke's career is that every country has its price.

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Young bats must fire, and be ready

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Greg Baum The announcement of the Australian team for the first Test was straightforward.

Wade's inclusion opens door for young bats to have a crack

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Greg Baum The announcement of the Australian team for the first Test was straightforward. Once the selectors were agreed on Matthew Wade, it involved not much more than filling out a pro forma.

Nowadays, it's doing what's best for the squad

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Greg Baum Watson is picked as an all-rounder. If he is unable to bat and bowl, he cannot play.

Blade of glory: Clarke does it again

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Greg Baum If there is a cricket ground that could contain Michael Clarke right now, it is not the economy-size Adelaide Oval and its welcome mat of a pitch.

At his peak, Clarke gives master class

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Greg Baum If there is a cricket ground that could contain Michael Clarke right now, it is not the economy-sized Adelaide Oval.

Cricket

What a difference a day can make in this wonderful theatre of Test cricket

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Greg Baum One of the mystical peculiarities of Test cricket is each day is played on new terms, discrete in themselves and often vitally different from the preceding day and the days to come.

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South Africa scores triumph of temperament

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Greg Baum Adelaide Oval on Monday was like a Murray River camping ground in mid-summer.

Cricket

He’s no Warne but Lyon does a passable impression

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Greg Baum "It’s easy," Mark Taylor said in the euphoric afterglow of another win over England in Australia’s halcyon days.

Ponting declares

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Greg Baum Ricky Ponting always talked like he made runs, in torrents. Then the runs dried up, and on Thursday so did the words, almost.

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Ponting's last goodbye

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Greg Baum Ricky Ponting will not be remembered by his first or last balls but by the 22,780 in between.

Spin gets out of control for Warne

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Greg Baum Shane Warne doesn't look much like Warnie any more. Nor does he bowl much like Warnie.

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Old crew still there, even Punter

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Greg Baum At the fall of the second wicket at Bellerive yesterday, Ricky Ponting appeared as usual. This was happenstance.

Cheers as Hussey defies years

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Greg Baum If cricket were an equation, Mike Hussey would be a given. He came to Test cricket 10 years behind his contemporary, Ricky Ponting, at an age when talk of an honourable way of finishing begins to...

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2nd Test: Australia v Sri Lanka.Australia's Jackson Bird celebrates his 1st wicket in a test match that of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne at the MCG.26 December 2012.The Age Sport.Picture Sebastian Costanzo.

Greg Baum JACKSON BIRD'S first ball passed unremarkably, but the crowd clapped anyway because he was new to Test cricket and because this was Boxing Day at the MCG.