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


Ashes: Steve Smith leads fightback. With Brad Haddin, of course

Chris Barrett It is easy to forget. Three years ago against England Steve Smith looked out of his depth, a half-backed international cricketer not quite sure whether he was a batsman or bowler.


Steve Smith and Brad Haddin lead Australian fightback

Australia's Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett Australia's destroyer-in-chief Johnson will fancy his chances of making England pay again for letting the home team off the hook.


Sydney Sixers captain Steve Smith on L-plates for higher honours

Sydney Sixers player Steve Smith in training at the SCG, Sydney. 9th January 2014. Photo by Tamara Dean


Chris Barrett There is an episode from Steve Smith's first spell in charge of the Sydney Sixers that demonstrates just why those in the know are already nominating him for higher leadership honours, even as...

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Steve Smith has future Australian cricket captain written all over him

Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett An episode from Steve Smith's first spell in charge of the Sydney Sixers demonstrates just why those in the know are already nominating him for further leadership honours.


Ashes 2013: Steve Smith feels Michael Clarke's pain

Chris Barrett Steve Smith is defying a back condition similar to that suffered by Michael Clarke to thrive in Test cricket.


Steve Smith says Australia's batsmen will target Graeme Swann

Steven Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed that he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test.

Ashes 2013: Steve Smith admits Australia will try to belt Graeme Swann out of the attack

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test starting on Thursday, making little secret Australia believe they can expose a significant chink in the tourists'...


2013 Ashes: Steve Smith's maiden Test century lifts Australia

Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett The late blooming of Australia's batsmen in England has continued with Steve Smith scoring his maiden Test century - completed adventurously with a lofted six down the ground at the Oval.

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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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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...


Former captain Mark Taylor to help train Australia's next generation of leaders

Mark Taylor.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia moving to develop and improve the leadership skills of the next tier of leaders.


Ashes' $weet $ound of $uccess

Winners are grinners: Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke after the MCG win.

Chris Barrett Australia's Ashes-winning players are to share in a tasty bonus of more than $500,000.


Windfall awaits Michael Clarke's side after Ashes triumph

Shane Watson and Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Australia’s Ashes-winning players are to be granted a tasty bonus of more than $500,000 as reward for their drubbing of England this summer.

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Mark Taylor to help train cricket's next generation of leaders


Chris Barrett Former Test captain Mark Taylor has been recruited to help train Australian cricket's next generation of leaders.

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Wait for it: DRS makes its Ashes debut

David Warner has words with Joe Root who was given out after a review.

Chris Barrett A decision review system controversy has finally arrived to leave its mark on the Ashes.


Rumours of Brad Haddin retirement hosed down

Brad Haddin.

Chris Barrett As rumours tend to, it started as a whisper and before long became the talk of the town.

The Tonk

Monty Panesar struggling to find form on and off the pitch

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett Monty Panesar does not seem to be having much success on and off the field.


The Ashes: England player ratings

England's Alastair Cook holds on to the ball after catching out Australia's George Bailey for 1 run in their Ashes cricket test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Chris Barrett How the tourists fared by the numbers.

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Ashes feuds forgotten as England joins Australia in dressing room

Nathan Lyon leads the team song.

Chris Barrett Australian and England came together for three hours in the home dressing room at the SCG.


Ashes celebrations: In the SCG sheds, old enemies became best mates

Australian Cricket team win the ashes series 5-0 against England s at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,5th January,2014

Chris Barrett After threatening to break arms, they laid down their arms.

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