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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson

Nov 19, 2015: His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

Mark Nicholas

Cricket could do with some humility and kindness

Nov 4, 2015: Violent as it is, rugby doesn't prevent its players from being respectful and considerate to their opponents. Surely cricketers can do the same

Mark Nicholas

All hail England's legspin torchbearer

Oct 22, 2015: Traditionally the country has been sceptical about leggies. Rashid's debut performance has the potential to give the form the respect it deserves

Mark Nicholas

We need Pakistan as much as it needs us

Oct 8, 2015: The country produces captivating cricketers, and the global game cannot afford to rest until Pakistan is fully restored to the fold

Mark Nicholas

Magical mystery summer

Sep 17, 2015: There has been breathtaking, amazing cricket in England, but we need to ensure the next generation develops a taste for what is on offer

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T20: it's a gas, gas, gas

Sep 1, 2015: The Cardiff match showed the format is valid and valuable. Only, we need to be careful we don't overdo it

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The Investec Ashes 2015

Clarke pulls his final few tricks

Aug 24, 2015: He could not summon the score to give his career the grand send-off, but Clarke helped mastermind an Australia win, and everything he has given the game should be remembered

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

High drama, low tension

Aug 23, 2015: There was some crazy cricket in the Ashes although the quality was not always high. Yet for both teams it is the final outcome that matters. Careers are defined.

Mark Nicholas

Made in Sri Lanka, adaptable everywhere

Aug 19, 2015: Kumar Sangakkara has been a flag-bearer for his country's cricket, dominating attacks, winning hearts and maintaining the highest standards for 15 years

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test

Cook and Clarke: two good men riding a dangerous wave

Aug 8, 2015: Michael Clarke will soon be a forgotten man but Alastair Cook has proved a tough so-and-so and has completed the transformation from lost soul to triumphant leader

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Beautiful Broad swings it for England

Aug 6, 2015: Stuart Broad was at his best on an extraordinary first morning at Trent Bridge, where swing and seam destroyed Australia and all but sealed the fate of the urn

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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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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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The bat wars

The Cricket Monthly: From refugee camps to multimillion-dollar businesses: the story of India's bat-making industry
TCM November issue

    A letter from Deano

Russel Arnold on how he got a note from his favourite cricketer (via Alan Davidson) on his birthday

Pink-ball cricket is a mere bulge in Test cricket's fabric

Jon Hotten: Going by the game's history, it won't be long before day-night Tests simply become Tests

    England finally figure out one-day cricket

Numbers Don't Lie: They have had a dramatic revival in the 50-over game

The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

Sankaran Krishna: When batsmen transfer their body weight and movement precisely into the point of contact between bat and ball, the results can be glorious

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'Ridiculous waste of time and wrong decision'

In five minutes, Nathan Lyon was twice ruled not-out, controversially. The Twitter world did not hold back

The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

South Africa fall to record lows

Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket

SA look for new fairytale as dream run ends

South Africa's unbeaten run on the road may be over, but rather than mull over their loss, the team must draw heart from their past battles and start afresh to script another era of domination

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