Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

Michael Clarke rises to greatness in the face of resentment

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

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

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Australia finds hurdles on jumpy WACA wicket

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Greg Baum The cricket always is different here, and in any given summer, the series never quite the same afterwards.

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Clarke's men unrelenting in cruel heat

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Greg Baum Rarely can an Australian attack have been so even and sustained.

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Bowlers expose England cracks

Greg Baum Australia's bowling in this match, in vile conditions, has again been even, disciplined and relentless.

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Two balls tell tale of England team in turmoil

Alastair Cook is bowled for a golden duck at the start of England's chase of 504.

Greg Baum Two deliveries represent a microcosm of what has become of this Test match and series.

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Record broken and day's play like a broken record

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Greg Baum There was one much anticipated feat of record-breaking at the MCG on Boxing Day. The crowd of 91,092 was the biggest recorded in cricket history, surpassing the 90,800 at the same venue for a West...

Batting's slow lane gets slower

England's players celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Johnson.

Greg Baum Mitch Johnson took five more wickets, but this time was unable in advance to spare Australia's batting blushes on another tortuously slow day at the MCG.

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How the English lions were trapped by Johnson, tamed by Lyon

You beauty: Nathan Lyon celebrates on a day when he took 5/50 and his 100th Test wicket.

Greg Baum It was the three lions of England against Nathan Lyon of Australia, and he won.

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Seeing is believing... just

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Greg Baum It doesn't get any rosier for Australians than an Ashes series walkover.

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It doesn't take much to go over the top

Greg Baum Sixes have become so commonplace that the hoisting of one no longer is a self-contained event in any cricket match.

Cricket

A build-up reduced to ashes

Greg Baum The trouble for Australia is that any minute now, it must play England again for the Ashes.

Cricket

First Ashes Test will define a series, a nation

Mitchell Johnson

Greg Baum It is hard to think of a recent Test match with more riding on it for Australia than this one, resuming the Ashes contest. Defeat, frankly, would be calamitous for the sport here.

Cricket

Clarke shows his mettle in his 166th Test innings

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Greg Baum Michael Clarke at his best makes ball and shot seem a continuation, nature taking its course.

Cricket

Patience proves key after the brimstone of Brisbane

Second Test

Greg Baum Adelaide's revamped ground and drop-in pitch dictated action as battle began.

Cricket

Rain at Adelaide Oval but not much lightning

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Greg Baum After the fire and brimstone of Brisbane, the quality of the first day at the Adelaide Oval was more akin to a meeting of two household pets, half-butting, half-nuzzling, with intent, not affection,...

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Johnson deadly as England quakes

Mitchell Johnson appeals for a leg-before decision against Ben Stokes.

Greg Baum Single- and left-handedly, Mitch Johnson has turned this Ashes series upside down.

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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.

Too few watched, but rewards for those who made the effort

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Greg Baum At the heart of Sunday's play at Blundstone Arena, as the first Test hung in the balance, not many people watched not much happen for quite a long time. It was a deceptive inertia.

Pitch in death roll as fate toys with skipper's men

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Greg Baum The first Western sailors to find Sri Lanka called it the Isle of Serendipity. Serendipity is the faculty for making happy discoveries by accident.