Mark Nicholas

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

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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

Alastair Cook trudges off after making 1 from five balls in his first innings with his ECB-approved new helmet

Safety isn't only about the helmet

Insisting on batsmen wearing standardised headgear that compromises their comfort is risky. Players should rather learn to cope better with the short ball

Composite: Joe Root and Virat Kohli

Root, Kohli and art in T20 batting

It was feared that T20 would ruin batting, and cricket in general. But two recent innings give us a glimpse of a more beautiful future

Martin Crowe celebrates their first Test win in England

Marty goes to rest

A friend, an opponent, a brother, Martin Crowe touched hearts with his batting and his deep thoughtfulness