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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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The Investec Ashes 2015

Test match drama can't be beaten

Aug 3, 2015: Three matches down, two to go. The way this series has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Finn revels in the joy of redemption

Jul 29, 2015: The fast bowler who was labelled as "unselectable" on the last Ashes tour is a frontline force once again after a journey to purgatory and back

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Australia's brutal, ruthless day

Jul 19, 2015: Day four at Lord's will have been traumatic for the England dressing room, but in Australia's celebrations would rightly have been long and loud. How quickly things change

Mark Nicholas

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

Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top

Jul 16, 2015: Australia's second-wicket stand at Lord's had stood since 1930 - and the partnership involved a chap named Bradman - but now it belongs to Australia's latest batting sensation and an older star aiming to bow out on a high

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The Investec Ashes 2015

Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem

Jul 13, 2015: Crucial runs and vital wickets in the first Test reinforced the allrounder's value to England as he overcame everything Australia tried to throw at him

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Three joyful days set a wonderful tone

Jul 10, 2015: This is a new England all right. Come what may in this remarkable Test match, a seed has been sowed and the future is bright

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The Ashes I remember

Jul 2, 2015: Lillee and Thommo, Illy, Boycs and Snow: the '70s was a fine time for a youngster captivated by England-Australia Test matches

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England are electric

Jun 18, 2015: Decades of being taught to play the conservative and "correct" way have done the team no favours in the modern era. Finally it has opted for a more carefree, fearless avatar

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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

How DRS has changed batting, and keeps the balance

Jun 2, 2015: The review system has changed the game, especially for spinners, as the final day at Headingley showed

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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

McCullum makes good from first innings madness

May 31, 2015: Get McCullum, get the game, thought England. So the New Zealand captain blocked a half-century to deliver the message that his side would not yield

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

A matchless match to revive English game

May 25, 2015: This was something close to the perfect Test, a game that swayed in the breeze of sport's unpredictability and lifted a burden from Alastair Cook's shoulders

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Wanted: Stuart Broad's mojo

May 22, 2015: The problems with Broad's batting after being hit by a bouncer have inhibited the rest of his game. England need him to find a solution

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

Pietersen's best option

May 13, 2015: He can start by buying into the English game by committing himself to Surrey for the rest of the season

Mark Nicholas

England's swinging shooting star

Apr 17, 2015: The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

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Clarke's fairy tale

Mar 30, 2015: The last few weeks and days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

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And then there were three

Mar 23, 2015: The final knockouts of the World Cup have the potential to be cricket classics

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Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be

Mar 12, 2015: Yes, the players are to blame, but more so the system that has sidelined the 50-overs format and turned it into a confused obligation

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Three issues the ICC needs to address

Mar 5, 2015: Cricket's governing body needs to resolve some problems pronto to make for a better World Cup for all

Mark Nicholas

Will New Zealand's momentum overpower Australia?

Feb 26, 2015: They only need to follow the example of their aggressive captain, who doesn't let insecurity undermine him

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All eyes on the big one

Feb 12, 2015: Cricket's top carnival has rolled around once more, bringing images of the past in its wake

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Test match drama can't be beaten

Mark Nicholas: The way this Ashes has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

    Win some, lose some, and a duck tango

Ask Steven: Also: fastest to 400 wickets, most wickets by a double-centurion, and Aaqib and Shoaib's parallel careers

    Clarke's weaknesses against spin

Aakash Chopra: The Australian captain is considered world-class against spin, but his numbers in Asia suggest he has some chinks in his armour

Two sides to the Haddin case

Russell Jackson: For all the emotion tied to his family situation and the depth of his contribution to the Test side, he was seriously out of form with the bat

A Jolly Rovers reunion

V Ramnarayan: It was all nostalgia and anecdotes when late-1960s alumni of a well known Chennai club got together one evening recently

News | Features Last 7 days

Buoyant England face tricky decisions

England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

Small moments, big problems for Australia

Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident

Succession issues prompt hard questions

Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

Headbanders

Dale Steyn sported a headband in the Test series against Bangladesh. Who's your favourite bowler with a headband?

News | Features Last 7 days

    Buoyant England face tricky decisions (100)

    England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

    Headbanders (100)

    Dale Steyn sported a headband in the Test series against Bangladesh. Who's your favourite bowler with a headband?

    Small moments, big problems for Australia (93)

    Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (78)

    What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

    Succession issues prompt hard questions (75)

    Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him