Mark Nicholas

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

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Hashim Amla played some eye-catching strokes

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Amla eases through gears past to inspire South Africa

He may have failed to reach the hundred that was his for the taking but there were shades of Hashim Amla's greatness on display at Trent Bridge

Joe Root celebrates a century in his maiden Test as captain

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Root lays down a marker like few others

A host of new pre-match duties; his openers dismissed early; the walk through the Long Room as England's captain; a sticky start with the bat. But, then, Joe Root commanded Lord's

Runs returned for Jos Buttler with a brisk half-century

A festival of cricket is upon us

England's meek defeat at Lord's was a departure from their recent style, but should not affect their prospects in a potentially vibrant Champions Trophy

Joe Root warms up at Cardiff

England's exuberant No. 80

If Joe Root manages to create a team in his own image, and better still a successful team, it will be a good one to watch