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.

Cricket

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.

Cricket

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.

Cricket

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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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.

Cricket

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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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.

Cricket

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.

Cricket

Old solution brings a new-found strength

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

Cricket

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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Cricket

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

Haunting future just not cricket

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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.

Cricket

Early strike not always the best form guide

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

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,...

Cricket

Michael Clarke the master of critical situations

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