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

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Shane Watson, Ryan Harris doubtful for fifth Test

Chris Barrett Australia enters the Sydney Test, starting on Friday, with the advantage of an extra day of rest.

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Ashes 2013: Shane Watson and Ryan Harris could sit out Sydney Test

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Chris Barrett Shane Watson could be left out of the team for the fifth Test in Sydney this week if he is not fit to bowl, while fast bowler Ryan Harris is also doubtful.

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Ryan Harris puts Australian ambitions ahead of big dollars in Indian Premier League

Chris Barrett Ryan Harris will put country before cash, skipping the Indian Premier League auction to instead have knee surgery and stretch out his late-blooming Test career as far as he can.

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Ryan Harris backs spot for George Bailey in Test team

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Chris Barrett George Bailey is ready to make the leap from limited-overs sensation to the Test arena, according to Australia's pace leader Ryan Harris.

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Ashes 2013: Ryan Harris backs George Bailey to be a Test success

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11:  Ryan Harris speaks to the media at an announcement of Cricket Australia's new partnership with Hardys Wines on November 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett George Bailey is ready to make the leap from limited-overs sensation to the Test arena, according to Australia's pace leader Ryan Harris.

Australia poised to gamble on Ryan Harris for fourth Test in Durham

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Chris Barrett Injury-plagued fast bowler has only once before played three Tests in a row.

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Ryan Harris named Australia's Ashes man of the series

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Chris Barrett Australia are hopeful their inspirational fast bowler Ryan Harris will be cleared of any serious injury after leaving the Oval with hamstring soreness.

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Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on verge of Test inclusion

Ready for the big time: Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Chris Barrett If cricketers were permitted to bet, the smart money would be on a towering fast bowler from Tamworth to finally arrive in the big smoke of Test cricket this summer.

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

Rod Marsh, Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke during the Ashes in England last year.

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.

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Michael Clarke 'extremely confident' no Australian cricketers involved in spot-fixing

Chris Barrett Test captain Michael Clarke says he is ‘‘extremely confident’’ that no Australian players have been tempted to engage in spot-fixing, imploring supporters of the game not to...

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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson welcomes England plan to come out swinging

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Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has welcomed England's intention to try and hit their way out of their funk against him with a simple message: ''Go ahead.''

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Mitchell Johnson gets WACA Ground jumping after sending Pietersen packing

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Chris Barrett It was the wonder catch that may just return the Ashes to Australia and who else to take it than Mitchell Johnson.

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Johnson makes a grab for Ashes

Peter Siddle claims Kevin Pietersen's wicket for the 10th time.

Chris Barrett It was the wonder catch that may just return the Ashes to Australia.

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Siddle has Pietersen worried, says bowling coach

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14:  Peter Siddle of Australia celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen of England during day two of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Peter Siddle's dominance over Kevin Pietersen is playing on the mind of England's rock star batsman, says Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott.

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Stuart Broad’s injury and David Warner’s ton pile on the Ashes misery for tourists

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Chris Barrett The Ashes could be Australia's as early as Monday after another David Warner century piled on the pain for an England team scorched under the punishing Perth sun.

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Shane Watson belts brutal century as George Bailey sets record against James Anderson

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Chris Barrett Shane Watson has slugged a brutal fourth Test century in Perth only to be dismissed in a farcical, schoolboy-like scene.

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Watson's big bash, 71 off 41 balls

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Chris Barrett Shane Watson believes he has got his mojo back after a devastating fourth Test century.

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Arthur warns Australians on size of rebuilding task

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Chris Barrett, Perth and Andrew Wu, Sydney Australia has enjoyed a glorious summer but it is not the start of a golden era.

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Australia's Ashes win: Celebrations begin in earnest after Lyon strikes up victory song

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17:  David Warner and Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrate victory during day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett ''We've got 'em back!'' With those words from the lion-hearted Ryan Harris, Australia began celebrating the end of more than four years of subjugation at the hands of England.

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