Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Australia again a big fish, but where is the pond?

Greg Baum Question: what is the difference between the International Cricket Council and the King Island Football Association?

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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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When Michael Clarke fires, Australia can win

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Greg Baum The record shows Australia's Test captain is as mighty as Moses.

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Australia needs every last man to take charge

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Greg Baum Cricket does not have to be synced to a teenager's temperament to be fulfilling.

Clarke reshuffle has cards fall Australia's way

Greg Baum For the second time in three Tests, Peter Siddle shoulders burden of leading threadbare attack.

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Australia its own worst enemy in run-up to Ashes

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Greg Baum The end of the last Ashes series felt like the end of the world for Australian cricket.

Both DRS and Australia's judgment flawed

Greg Baum When the Australians review this first Test, form says they will botch it. Indiscriminate recourse to the decision review system contributed to, but did not cause, their imminent defeat.

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Usman Khawaja selection conundrum tests Australia

Greg Baum Australia has to make up its mind about Usman Khawaja.

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Australia's Ashes task: work harder for longer

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Greg Baum There is no fun, fast, stroke-of-magic out of Australia's predicament.

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Australia pulls off two-wicket win

Pat Cummins celebrates Australia's Test victory.

Greg Baum, Johannesburg Pat Cummins crowns astonishing Test debut by belting the runs that delivered Australia a heroic and improbable two-wicket victory over South Africa.

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Warner's honesty deserves respect

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Greg Baum If anything is disrespectful in cricket, it is the reconfiguring of the concept of respect.

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Immovable Graeme Smith finally blocked out

Greg Baum Of Graeme Smith, this can be said more accurately than of any other contemporary cricketer: he took block.

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Old solution brings a new-found strength

Greg Baum What began as an exercise in benchmarking has become another triumph in its own right.

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South African series showed how cricket gets tangled in its own red tape

Greg Baum Australians seem not to have grasped how much their nasally catcalling grates.

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Cake ritual sweetens delicious lulls

Greg Baum Australia this summer has had the rare pleasure to travel hopefully and to arrive companionably in a rapturous place.

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Stars in their own right

Greg Baum Meg Lanning's hero was Ricky Ponting. Her effortless straight drive for six en route to top score in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh on Sunday would have done Ponting proud.

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South African cricket has that empty feeling

Crowds flock to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but it's a different story for Test cricket in South Africa.

Greg Baum There is no Test cricket sound at once so rousing and so depressing as the echo of bat on ball.

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Demoralised by demons

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Greg Baum Australia barely bowled a ball that the English batsmen needed to play, but they played at them all anyway.

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Record broken and day's play like a broken record

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.