Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas, the former Hampshire captain, presents the cricket on Channel Nine in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK

Sri Lanka celebrate their victory

All eyes on the big one

Cricket's top carnival has rolled around once more, bringing images of the past in its wake

Cover image of Gaurav Bhalla's <i>The Curse and the Cup</i>

The Curse and the Cup

Righting the sins of the past

A new novel weaves an intriguing story around South Africa's ill-starred World Cup history

Brett Lee was on a hat-trick in his final over in T20 cricket

Lift yourself, ODI cricket

The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

Steven Smith at a portrait session on the eve of his Test captaincy debut

A good time to invest in Smith stock

Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

Phillip Hughes hits one past short leg

The prizefighting artist

There was something quite thrilling in the expectation of watching Phillip Hughes bat. Compelling and irresistible, he left a brushstroke on the canvas of the game