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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 4th day

Masters of making the ball talk

Jul 17, 2016: The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

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

The redemption of Mohammad Amir

Jul 15, 2016: Amid the nervous tension, frustration and elation, Mohammad Amir finally drew a line under his Lord's story

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England's dressing room of smiles

Jul 7, 2016: It is a time of fine leadership, strong management and uncomplicated coaching for them. For Sri Lanka, not so much

Mark Nicholas

Give the World Test Championship a chance

Jun 23, 2016: Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 4th day

England's guardian joins 10K club

May 30, 2016: The youngest among a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

May 27, 2016: England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The return of the outswing

May 21, 2016: James Anderson has fantastic variation to his bowling, but the value of the stock ball should never be underestimated

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Give us some of the spirit of '84

May 19, 2016: Thirty-something years ago Sri Lanka briefly lit up an English summer with some of the best cricket seen that year. Let's hope for a reprise

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Wake up and smell the IPL

May 5, 2016: Spring in England is a time for getting back into the rhythms of cricket. In India, it's a different ball game, of course

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Safety isn't only about the helmet

Apr 22, 2016: Insisting on batsmen wearing standardised headgear that compromises their comfort is risky. Players should rather learn to cope better with the short ball

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West Indies' triumph of imagination and spirit

Apr 4, 2016: An apology to Darren Sammy's men, whose intoxicating win in the final was driven by organisation and smarts

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Root, Kohli and art in T20 batting

Mar 24, 2016: It was feared that T20 would ruin batting, and cricket in general. But two recent innings give us a glimpse of a more beautiful future

Mark Nicholas

Who will rain on Dhoni's parade?

Mar 3, 2016: Australia, England and South Africa can pose some threats, but the hosts are favourites

Mark Nicholas

ODIs: less is more

Feb 18, 2016: There's plenty of life in the format if administrators take the responsibility for smarter scheduling and more effective promotion

Mark Nicholas

Modern batting and the gift of fearlessness

Jan 28, 2016: The fear of failure has been inherent in cricket, but T20 has changed that. The key to the future is to not let the format ride roughshod

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Amla's ideal

Jan 14, 2016: Why his decision to quit for the greater good and for personal harmony is brave and smart

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