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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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England have been to hell but are looking at the stars now

May 18, 2017: Their metamorphosis after the low of the World Cup has been remarkable, to the point where they must be ranked as favourites for the Champions Trophy

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English cricket needs to embrace legspin again

May 4, 2017: One of our sport's most captivating arts has been allowed to languish on the margins of county cricket for far too long. Is that about to change?

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The hills are alive with the sound of county cricket

Apr 20, 2017: April is here: time for cricket to signal a season of renewal amid the sunshine and the smell of fresh-mown grass

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England's exuberant No. 80

Apr 6, 2017: If Joe Root manages to create a team in his own image, and better still a successful team, it will be a good one to watch

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What Ranchi tells us about bat sizes

Mar 23, 2017: Cricket is so much more than big hits and big runs. Hence the need to stop the march of big bats

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Where are we 140 years later?

Mar 15, 2017: Test cricket has gone through all sorts of transformations since 1877, but it has never lost its ability to be the most magical of all sports

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It's 4am, do you know where your Test cricket is?

Mar 9, 2017: Tuning in to a cracker of a Test in a time zone more than five hours ahead of yours is quite the tonic

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Smith stands tall at the tail of Australia's odd summer of cricket

Feb 22, 2017: Amid questions over the domestic schedule and a rut for the national team, their captain inspired Australia to turn things around - but bigger tests lie ahead

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We'll remember Cook for his love of cricket

Feb 9, 2017: That, the mountains of runs he put up, his dignity under provocation, and his kindness and decency

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Is Younis Pakistan's greatest batsman?

Dec 14, 2016: Special as the likes of Hanif, Inzamam, Miandad and Yousuf were, this cussed oldster just might have pipped them all. He certainly has the numbers

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Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure

Nov 30, 2016: You only needed to watch Australia's youngest debutant in Adelaide to know that the playing of cricket brings joy

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Australia can find a way out of the darkness

Nov 16, 2016: The key is for them to see an opportunity in the chaos that engulfs them

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Watch out for South Africa's bowlers

Nov 2, 2016: Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Rabada come from a long, proud line of fast men, and they'll present Australia with a stern challenge

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How Dolly changed the colour of our sport

Oct 28, 2016: To better appreciate the value of quotas in sport, take a look again at Basil D'Oliveira's story

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Durham must be saved and rebuilt

Oct 13, 2016: 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

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Here's to England

Sep 29, 2016: The summer just past, including the thrilling finale of the County Championship, have provided much reason for fans to celebrate

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City-based T20? Give it a shot

Sep 16, 2016: 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

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England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game

Sep 6, 2016: While it's up to each player to make his own decision to travel or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead with the tour

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England's limitless future

Aug 31, 2016: 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

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

Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale

Aug 14, 2016: 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

Mark Nicholas at The Oval
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