Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

Mitchell Johnson quick to pounce as England fail speed test

Greg Baum GREAT fast bowling transports cricket into another dimension, a place of clear and ever-present danger, complete with figurative sirens and flashing lights.

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Johnson's blistering pace barrage returns England's Broadside

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Greg Baum Great fast bowling transports cricket into another dimension, a place of clear and ever present danger, complete with figurative sirens and flashing lights.

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Climate conspires to send England back to the future

James Anderson of England has words with Australia captain Michael Clarke

Greg Baum Ambushed by a conspiracy of elements, natural, artificial and human, England collapsed for the second time.

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Bowlers expose England cracks

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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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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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Let's just shut our eyes and think of England

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Greg Baum If we shut our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, and hum loudly to ourselves, the India series eventually will go away. Immediately, there is no other viable tactic.

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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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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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Demoralised by demons

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

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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...