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

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Michael Clarke's withdrawal as selector led to team success, says Rod Marsh

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke's standing down as a Test selector was a key turning point in Australia's stunning return to the top of the world rankings, according to new chairman of selectors Rod Marsh.

Shane Watson faces fight to regain Test place, says Michael Clarke

Facing a fitness race of his own: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says the injured Shane Watson will face "stiff competition" to regain his place in the Australian XI for this summer's home Test series against India, as a debut looms for Mitchell...

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Aaron Finch takes over from George Bailey as Australia's Twenty20 captain

Aaron Finch

Chris Barrett Aaron Finch has been named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain, taking over from George Bailey who stepped down from the post in an effort to play more first-class cricket.

Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell called in to Test squad

Got his big break: Steve O'Keefe.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Perennially overlooked, Steve O'Keefe will finally get the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level after being selected in Australia's touring party to the United Arab Emirates next month...

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Ashes 2013: Fielding guru brought back from wilderness for Australia

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Down on the Mississippi River, on the eastern border of Iowa, they don't follow the time-honoured Anglo-Australian cricket rivalry too closely.

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Australia's fielding coach Mike Young comes out of left-field

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Baseball player, coach and hunter Mike Young dropped his gun and answered the call of Australia's cricket team.

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Praise for Wade casts greater doubt on Haddin

Matthew Wade

Chris Barrett Selectors give strongest indication they will make generational change behind the stumps.

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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...

Intelligent Inverarity needs smarter approach to win over public

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Brad Haddin of Australia talks with Australian Chairman of Selectors John Inverarity during an Australian cricket team training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 10, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett THERE was a mind-boggling exchange at a news conference this week when John Inverarity sat down to announce Australia's one-day team for games three and four against Sri Lanka.

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Is cricket's 'nutty professor' becoming too smart for his own good?

John Inverarity

Chris Barrett Australia's selectors are on the nose with fans but not players.

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Clarke's ailing back to help Watson

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Wednesday was Groundhog Dog for Australia in India. Shane Watson, the vice-captain, sat near the soundproof clear crowd barrier at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, stretching before the team's warm-up...

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He's back ... as captain?

Shane Watson, Lee Furlong and Will Watson.

Chris Barrett, Delhi Planning already in place for Shane Watson to take over as captain.

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Turn of fortunes as Watson set to lead

Clarke

Chris Barrett Shane Watson is set to become Australia's 44th Test captain on Friday, barring an extraordinary overnight recovery from back pain by Michael Clarke.

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Watson named Australian captain as Clarke ruled out

Watson

Chris Barrett and AAP DELHI: Shane Watson will become Australia's 44th Test cricket captain after Michael Clarke's back injury ruled him out of the fourth and final Test against India

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Shane Watson to stay in London as pressure mounts over Test place

Watson

Chris Barrett Australia's batting enigma Shane Watson has been given a week off in London as pressure mounts on him to justify his place in the team's misfiring top six.

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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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Haddin sets sights on playing World Cup

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett He will be well past his 37th birthday by the time it rolls around but as Brad Haddin approaches a tilt at a world record in the Ashes he has set his sights on playing until the next World Cup in...

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Haddin to keep on keeping on

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett Brad Haddin has set his sights on playing until the next World Cup in Australia.

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This is no charity tour, Clarke tells batsmen

Australia's captain Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke has defended selectors as Australia rung the changes again to try to save face in the Ashes, declaring: ‘‘This is not a charity tour’’.

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