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Chris Barrett

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

How Sachin Tendulkar survived cricketing Beatlemania

Chris Barrett and Daniel Lane Revered by 1.2 billion people, Sachin Tendulkar managed to become one of history's greatest cricketers by placing himself in a bubble for more than 20 years.

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Jacques Kallis to play with Sydney Thunder in BBL

Thunder signing: Jacques Kallis will play in the Big Bash League next season.

Chris Barrett Sydney Thunder have landed a huge coup by signing one of cricket's greatest all-rounders Jacques Kallis for the next two seasons of the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

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Sydney Cricket Ground poaches traditional Australia Day one-dayer from Adelaide Oval

Australia's one-day team celebrates winning the one-day international series against England at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day earlier this year.

Chris Barrett Sydney has pinched the rights for Australia Day cricket this summer from Adelaide, with Michael Clarke's team to host India in a one-day international at the redeveloped SCG on the January public...

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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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Arthur says age problems still remain

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Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Australia have enjoyed a glorious summer against England but with a team featuring two 36-year-olds and five others over 31 it is not necessarily the start of a new golden era.

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The year in cricket: 2013 in review

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Chris Barrett The soap opera that was the Australian men's team. From the doghouse to the penthouse Michael Clarke's team had a rollercoaster ride like no other year.

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The fall and rise of Australia

Surprise packet: Ashton Agar after his stunning 98 at Trent Bridge in July.

Chris Barrett It's been a year of drama, ending in glory, for Michael Clarke's Ashes-winning team.

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Danger duo out to halt Australia's resurgence

Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu IT WAS almost as if they scripted it. More than half the South African touring party had come through the arrivals section at Sydney International Airport in dribs and drabs, making their way past...

Ponting quits Test cricket

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Chris Barrett Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Ponting said the Perth Test will be the final of his career.

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He's given all, and Ponting knows it's time

Australian Test cricketer Ricky Ponting announces his retirement during a press conference on the eve of the third cricket Test between South Africa and Australia in Perth on November 29, 2012. Ponting on November 29 called time on his Test career, announcing this week's clash against South Africa in Perth will be his last. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE  AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD

Chris Barrett THE winds of change arrived on Ricky Ponting's doorstep on Wednesday morning. As a gale left the Western Australia Cricket Ground sightscreens swaying, Ponting approached the Australian captain,...

Ponting calls stumps on Test career

Ricky Ponting tells the media of his decision to retire after the Perth Test.

Chris Barrett Convinced he was ''not good enough'' to make it to next year's Ashes tour, Ricky Ponting is adamant his decision to retire after third Test was his own.

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Watson's desire to open once more could cause dilemma

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Chris Barrett WHAT TO DO WITH SHANE WATSON? The elephant in the foyer of Australia's five-star hotel in Chennai could potentially be a source of consternation for the entire journey, over some 50 days, from...

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Swingers, not spinners, needed in India: Buchanan

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Chris Barrett The architect of Australia's era-defining win in 2004 cautions against an abundance of spin on the sub-continent.

Attack is no gamble: Clarke

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Chris Barrett Michael Clarke denies Australia has gambled by picking four seamers and one spinner for Friday's first Test.

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Quick route to victory is no gamble, says Clarke

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Chris Barrett Michael Clarke denies Australia have gambled by picking four seamers and a solitary spinner for Friday's first Test.

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Test on for young and old

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Chris Barrett James Pattinson was not even born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut. Yet it is this wildly contrasting pair – almost two decades apart in age – that have taken centre stage in an increasingly...

Dusty corner of Chennai turns tyros into globe's best quicks

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Chris Barrett Children in uniforms kick footballs and play cricket on fields of dust and red soil as the heat gradually eases out of a steamy south Indian afternoon.

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Devastating Dhoni gives India the upper hand

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Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon is quickly learning that it takes a strong composition to survive the rigours of India. On day three of the first Test there were jubilant highs for the Australian off-spinner: the key...

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Tendulkar rescues India

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Chris Barrett Young express quick and old craftsman dominate the second day's play.

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Lyon dulled by Dhoni's double ton

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Chris Barrett Australia had been buoyant when Nathan Lyon ruined Sachin Tendulkar's day in the morning but by the afternoon were feeling the heat.