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Mark Nicholas, the former Hampshire captain, presents the cricket on Channel 9 in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK
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Time 50-over cricket is nurtured and sustained

Sep 12, 2013: All cricket's skills are on view in the 50-overs game. If the format is to retain its importance, it must be in the spotlight

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day

Succour for Clarke and joy for Cook

Aug 25, 2013: England take a 3-0 victory but know they had more in the tank, while Australia showed gradual improvement after Lord's. Expect both sides to be at the limit of their game in Brisbane

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Watson plot most intriguing of many

Aug 21, 2013: England surprised everyone with their selections but the success of Australia's new No. 3 trumped even that

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Durham, 4th day

Warner can make a difference

Aug 12, 2013: For the duration of his innings it appeared David Warner would get the better of England, but it wasn't meant to be. However, it confirmed that Australia can't afford for his talent to be wasted

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Lyon's simple ploy that foxed England

Aug 9, 2013: Nathan Lyon is not a "modern" offspinner but his old-school values have served him well

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 5th day

Damn the weather, but Australia turn a corner

Aug 5, 2013: After the humiliation of Lord's, Australia refocused their game and, if it hadn't been for the weather, would probably have won in Manchester. That bodes well for the remainder of the Ashes

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

KP stocks still on the rise

Aug 3, 2013: The Old Trafford bars emptied to witness some Kevin Pietersen magic - let us hope there is still more to come

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Forgotten Phil watches his captain's mastery

Aug 1, 2013: Cast aside once again, Phillip Hughes sat in the pavilion and watched Michael Clarke play an elegant innings of the purest timing

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Feeble Australia the real story of Lord's

Jul 20, 2013: The tourists' weaknesses overshadowed Joe Root's memorable century, weaknesses that stem from home

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Pattinson's dream slopes away

Jul 18, 2013: There is a lot to contend with on the opening day of a Lord's Test - emotion, pressure, famous faces - but the most important is adjusting to the famous slope

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

World changes for Ashton and Australia

Jul 14, 2013: Ashton Agar strode out on debut at No. 11 with his team reeling and transformed the series in just over an hour of batting

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Roared on and roared off

Jul 13, 2013: The day began with a tribalistic welcome for Ian Bell and Stuart Broad and ended with a great wave of relief at Michael Clarke's dismissal

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

No surprises from Siddle

Jul 10, 2013: The selectors pulled one out of the hat with Ashton Agar's inclusion but they were wise to stick with the reliable Peter Siddle

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

A lifetime on cricket's rollercoaster

Jul 9, 2013: The Ashes legacy rests on the players' ability to capture the imagination of the fans, whether they follow it via radio, TV, the papers or live

Mark Nicholas

Clarke has it all to do

Jun 27, 2013: Australia's captain needs to buckle down into his relationship with the new coach, trade in some charm, and look to turn things around

Mark Nicholas

Life in the 50-overs dog yet

Jun 13, 2013: The calendar can, and ought to, have room for championships in all three of cricket's international formats

Mark Nicholas

What New Zealand need is orthodox coaching

May 30, 2013: They need to relearn the art of long-form batting if they are to ever dominate an attack like their great predecessors Turner and Crowe did

Mark Nicholas

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

England must end insularity to become great

May 28, 2013: If England had indicated a greater arrogance born of their total control of the match, there would have been no need for today's weather-led nervousness

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

England v NZ, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

In Root, England have something special to savour

May 25, 2013: With a mix of David Gower, Graham Thorpe and Michael Vaughan, Joe Root can capture hearts and minds

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

England v NZ, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Anderson's magic not to be missed

May 19, 2013: None of the other three England bowlers with 300 Test wickets - or many other of the game's finest swing merchants - could have bowled better than James Anderson at Lord's

Mark Nicholas
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