Mark Nicholas

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

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Ecstasy and agony: Wahab Riaz and James Vince display contrasting emotions

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

Masters of making the ball talk

The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

Mohammad Amir had Alastair Cook bowled for his first comeback wicket

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

The redemption of Mohammad Amir

Amid the nervous tension, frustration and elation, Mohammad Amir finally drew a line under his Lord's story

Dinesh Chandimal was bowled sweeping at David Willey

England's dressing room of smiles

It is a time of fine leadership, strong management and uncomplicated coaching for them. For Sri Lanka, not so much

Alastair Cook reached 10,000 Test runs early in England's run-chase

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 4th day

England's guardian joins 10K club

The youngest among a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

Alex Hales plays a compact drive down the ground

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

James Anderson sealed victory by bowling Nuwan Pradeep

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The return of the outswing

James Anderson has fantastic variation to his bowling, but the value of the stock ball should never be underestimated

Nick Compton departed for a duck to Dasun Shanaka

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 1st day

The skill of finding that Headingley length

Dasun Shanaka is not one of the great fast bowlers to run in at Headingley, but he found the length that the great ones do

The Sri Lankan team poses before its first ever Test in England

Give us some of the spirit of '84

Thirty-something years ago Sri Lanka briefly lit up an English summer with some of the best cricket seen that year. Let's hope for a reprise

Yusuf Pathan exults after leading his team to a win

Wake up and smell the IPL

Spring in England is a time for getting back into the rhythms of cricket. In India, it's a different ball game, of course