Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

For two nervous, skittish teams, the tone is set

Greg Baum If the first day of an Ashes series sets the tone, this one was irresolute, signalling one direction, then changing its mind.

Cricket

Stars in their own right

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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 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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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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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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Warner's honesty deserves respect

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

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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.

Cricket

Chris Rogers' armguard breaks its silence

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Greg Baum I'm like Chris, cherishing every moment. Considering most of my type end up in the bottom of a club kit bag, unloved and unwanted, I'm not complaining.

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Haunting future just not cricket

Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

In-your-face Test match no War of the Roses

Greg Baum Australia won the battle and declared the war. And war it certainly is; England captain Alastair Cook acknowledged it in as many words.

Cricket

Cricketers break the silence on problem of depression that has struck down so many

Greg Baum Jonny Bairstow, the man best qualified to replace Jonathan Trott in England's top six, might have shivered a little in the circumstances by which the vacancy has appeared.

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Early strike not always the best form guide

Greg Baum Cricket loves precedents, but in this case they are not especially helpful.

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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.

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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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Michael Clarke the master of critical situations

Greg Baum The emerging lesson of Clarke's career is that every country has its price.

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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.

Cricket

Well, lads, we've landed in a right fine mess

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Greg Baum Talk is cheap and England's cricket is even worse.

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Demoralised by demons

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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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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