Mark Nicholas

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

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Young fans wave a flag

Durham must be saved and rebuilt

It is difficult to be sure that the punishment of relegation fit Durham's crime (if crime it was), but the points penalty undermines the cricketers and the supporters

James Vince plays through the off side

Here's to England

The summer just past, including the thrilling finale of the County Championship, have provided much reason for fans to celebrate

The Northants players run on to the field to celebrate victory

City-based T20? Give it a shot

England has for long needed a T20 tournament modelled on the IPL and BBL. If one comes to be, as it looks likely to, it could shake up the domestic game for the better

Alex Hales brought up three figures from 83 balls

England's limitless future

In ODIs they have a line-up packed with power hitters down to the lower order. The 444 was not as much of a surprise as it might at first seem

The Pakistan players celebrated victory

England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, 4th day

Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale

England looked tired after their victory in the third Test, and Pakistan looked energised by the need to respond. The upshot was telling at The Oval

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