Mark Nicholas

Cricket presenter for Channel Nine in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK

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Who will the silver linings be for this time around?

Here's the Ashes

Commentators, presenters, spectators, players - we're all waiting for the latest edition of the storied series to kick off

Shai Hope: the real deal

Hope, Headingley: a miracle

Of all the unlikely things in West Indies' cricket history, this win must rank up there

Shai Hope brought up his maiden Test hundred after tea

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Special stand takes West Indies away from humiliation toward exultation

Modern West Indies sides face a daily struggle to regenerate the folklore scripted between the eras of Frank Worrell and Viv Richards, but Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope helped rectify that in Leeds

Is night time the right time?

Pink is the colour for warm weather

The purpose of day-night Tests was to make the format more viewer-friendly. Having spectators in Birmingham huddle in the cold didn't quite do that

While Joe Root's strike bowlers were in fine fettle, Faf du Plessis had to grapple with the absence of key players

Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?

The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances