Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

Order of the day to fill batting abyss

Greg Baum Ricky Ponting bestrode Australian cricket from the front, which is far less elegant phraseology than his footwork ever was.

Record-breaking legend will be remembered for sublime style as much as statistics

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Greg Baum Sachin Tendulkar played Test cricket at 16, made a century against England at 17 and two against Australia in Australia at 18, with Merv Hughes, Craig McDermott and Bruce Reid trying to knock his...

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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.

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Wowee, time for REAL cricket

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Greg Baum Again, it is tense and terse and testy, and watchers can't take their eyes off it.

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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Bird rises in flying start

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.

Bird gets early wickets, the MCG crowd gets what it wants

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Greg Baum Jackson Bird's first ball passed unremarkably, but the crowd clapped anyway.

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Sehwag's cameo was not what India needed

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Greg Baum INDIA won an hour, but Australia won another day. Increasingly, that is how it has been in this unexpectedly one-sided series.

Setting the pace

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Greg Baum How bowling coach Craig McDermott has transformed Australia's attack.

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Let's back up a clear line on 'run-outs'

Greg Baum Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne clearly crossed one line when he was run out.