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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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Lift yourself, ODI cricket

Jan 30, 2015: The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

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Morgan must get England to show some edge

Jan 18, 2015: The way the England captain imposed himself in Sydney can teach his fellow batsmen about finding a bit of mongrel

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Stop embarrassing yourselves over the DRS, India

Jan 2, 2015: Rather than complain about the so-called ineffectiveness of the system, the BCCI should use its financial muscle to improve it

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A good time to invest in Smith stock

Dec 17, 2014: Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

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The spirit of Hughes, the spirit of cricket

Dec 4, 2014: Stop the rancour, stop the sledging, play the game and ignite the friendships that make it so special

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Give cricket's best brains a say in the game's future

Nov 20, 2014: What if commentators, former players, broadcasters, match referees and journalists pool their ideas and present them to the ICC?

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We need to make a Test championship work

Nov 6, 2014: The idea may have been shelved, but it's important that it's revived and made feasible

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No time for India and West Indies to squabble

Oct 23, 2014: Why the BCCI should use a carrot, not a stick, in its approach to the WICB

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A summer of reconciliation and redemption

Oct 9, 2014: Yorkshire's outstanding success, Jimmy's tears, the fightback against India - it was an English season where you didn't really a miss a certain someone

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The mighty Mr Pollock

Aug 28, 2014: Graeme Pollock has been among the top three finest players his country ever produced; and not far off that pace in the world rankings either

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England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

One-day barrier to Indian Test progress

Aug 17, 2014: With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Cook on right side of Sliding Doors

Aug 15, 2014: England appear to be cruising towards a 3-1 series victory - but things could have been very different were it not for three coin tosses and a dropped catch

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Young England growing up fast

Aug 9, 2014: The turnaround in England's fortunes since defeat at Lord's has been remarkable and testament to the faith Alastair Cook has shown in several new players

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Anderson bullies in the right way

Aug 7, 2014: Bowlers like to bully. Theirs is a job of blood and sweat and when the odds turn in their favour, watch out

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

Jacques Kallis retires

Kallis a standard-bearer for a nation

Jul 30, 2014: He made South Africans proud and he made the rest of the world stand up and take notice. He played at the highest level for 18 years and was the beating heart of many fine teams

Mark Nicholas

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Gary Ballance: England's undercover agent

Jul 28, 2014: England's Zimbabwe-born No. 3 flew under the radar almost until his debut - but the world is watching now

Mark Nicholas at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 5th day

England seem to have forgotten about personality

Jul 21, 2014: They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

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

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Jul 20, 2014: Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 3rd day

For goodness sake, pitch it up

Jul 19, 2014: Uniform pitches are a problem all over the world. They all play much the same. It is crucial that the indigenous qualities of surfaces in their various climates and conditions are allowed to flourish

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Signs a corner has been turned by England

Jul 13, 2014: The hosts appeared to play with a different attitude at Trent Bridge. No longer was there a sense that the game owed them. They just got on with it and Alastair Cook played the match with a smile on his face

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge
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    Coast to coast, hunting a win

Diary: Our correspondent shuttles between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in the wake of Dhoni and Co

    Narine's absence a major setback

Tony Cozier: Despite being back at his best with a remodeled action, the reluctance to take part in the World Cup is baffling, on his part and the WICB's

    The birth of the World Cup

Rewind: The low-key launch of the tournament in 1975

    Different skills for different formats

Michael Bevan: ODI cricket brought better fielding and quicker scoring to the fore. T20 has taken that progression to the extreme

The World Cup: one-day cricket's hour in the sun

Ahmer Naqvi: Except in the case of Australia, a World Cup win becomes a big part of the victorious captain's legacy

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Off-stump blues leave Dhawan flailing

The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Ten things that are different at this World Cup

And one that will be the same. A look at what has changed since 2011

My heart says New Zealand, head South Africa

How the top eight teams stack up ahead of the World Cup, plus predictions for the knockouts

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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