Mark Nicholas
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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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It is not a softer game we look for but a kinder one

Mar 9, 2018: Teams differ on what is within the spirit of cricket. But basic respect for yourself, your opponents and the game isn't hard to agree upon

Mark Nicholas

Are cricket's administrators able to think out of the T20 box?

Feb 22, 2018: It can't always and only be about the lowest common denominator. Cricket's many formats can co-exist successfully in England and elsewhere

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Cricket isn't ready for the grave just yet

Feb 8, 2018: The game has weathered storms in the past, and it will almost certainly do so again

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Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney

Jan 22, 2018: Technology, despite all its advantages, can't provide the three-dimensional view that umpires have

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Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes

Jan 11, 2018: There is nothing wrong with the home team winning more often than not, but there is a long-term threat in the visiting team not competing

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Bradman, Headley, Sutcliffe, Pollock… Smith?

Dec 19, 2017: There is much of the all-time greats in the Australian captain

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The three reasons why Joe Root chose to bowl in Adelaide

Dec 10, 2017: And the seven reasons he shouldn't have

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England's wheels are not off but they're loosened

Nov 29, 2017: They couldn't match fire with fire in Brisbane, or spin with spin. And they had no answers for the Steven Smith question

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Here's the Ashes

Nov 22, 2017: Commentators, presenters, spectators, players - we're all waiting for the latest edition of the storied series to kick off

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Of Crane, Stokes and other things

Sep 28, 2017: England's selectors have delivered a couple of surprises with their Ashes picks

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Who should England pick for the Ashes?

Sep 21, 2017: It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

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Hope, Headingley: a miracle

Aug 30, 2017: Of all the unlikely things in West Indies' cricket history, this win must rank up there

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Pink is the colour for warm weather

Aug 21, 2017: The purpose of day-night Tests was to make the format more viewer-friendly. Having spectators in Birmingham huddle in the cold didn't quite do that

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Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?

Aug 11, 2017: The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances

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England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Old Trafford swings to Jimmy's tune

Aug 5, 2017: It took James Anderson just three deliveries to strike from his own end on a day where the ground hung on his every move

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England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Stokes the fitting crown for Oval's 100th

Jul 28, 2017: The Oval is a ground that rarely disappoints and Ben Stokes produced an innings to rank up there with the greats

Mark Nicholas at Kia Oval

It's time to rediscover Test-match batting

Jul 19, 2017: England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention

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England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Amla eases through gears past to inspire South Africa

Jul 14, 2017: He may have failed to reach the hundred that was his for the taking but there were shades of Hashim Amla's greatness on display at Trent Bridge

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Root lays down a marker like few others

Jul 6, 2017: A host of new pre-match duties; his openers dismissed early; the walk through the Long Room as England's captain; a sticky start with the bat. But, then, Joe Root commanded Lord's

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Women's cricket is looking stronger and faster than ever before

Jun 27, 2017: The appeal of the game is growing among young girls, and a competitive World Cup will only help it spread more

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