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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Mathews record invites comparisons with The Don

Jun 23, 2014: One of the great Test innings by Angelo Mathews, typical of his outstanding record as captain, has put Sri Lanka on the brink of a famous win

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

Boycott remains a priceless voice

Jun 21, 2014: Cricket is still the fire in Geoff Boycott's belly. His passion is undimmed and each moment of each day is watched, analysed and forensically thought through before the burst of opinion is unleashed

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England's reticent champion

Jun 20, 2014: To be playing a 100th Test at the age of 32 is a walloping achievement. Better still, the very best of "Belly" may be yet to come

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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Sangakkara a maestro in convoluted drama

Jun 16, 2014: In a match to highlight all that is great about Test cricket Kumar Sangakarra showed his class and without him Sri Lanka were done for

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

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

Moeen, Jordan make bright beginnings

Jun 13, 2014: Much was new about England at Lord's - from personnel, to batting order, to slip catchers - but not everything is clear about their thinking

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

Fifty-over cricket shouldn't become an afterthought

Jun 5, 2014: One-day internationals are the filling in cricket's sandwich, but the game's rulers are giving it a dull taste

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Players must police their game

May 23, 2014: National boards need to create an environment where open discussion about dodgy behaviour and whistle-blowing is encouraged

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Cook must bring the joy back

May 8, 2014: As England make a fresh start under a new regime, it's up to the captain to find a way to make his players cherish the national cap once again

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Anxiety and torment

Apr 24, 2014: Cricket - batting specifically - defines Jonathan Trott, which makes his continued suffering all the more painful

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The win they waited 18 years for

Apr 10, 2014: More power to Sri Lanka, whose cricketers have again reinforced what the game means to their nation

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Selectors must be open-minded and open-armed

Mar 27, 2014: Picking a team is a tricky job, and recently England have botched it more often than not. It helps to have a captain who understands the importance of star players

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The remarkable Mr Smith

Mar 13, 2014: Not many will forget this unwavering leader who set the agenda during South Africa's most challenging era

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Steyn's spell from hell

Feb 26, 2014: No other bowler in the world today could have won the match in Port Elizabeth so suddenly and with such effect

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The Mitchell Johnson effect

Feb 16, 2014: Whole batting line-ups have been laid to waste by the raw pace and confidence of Australia's fast-bowling leader

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The end of the Pietersen project

Feb 5, 2014: Leaving a series of disgruntled teams in his wake, Kevin Pietersen has only himself to blame for the sorry end to his England career

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Not just Cook's cross to bear

Jan 23, 2014: England need to look for the maturity, honesty and lightness of being Australia have demonstrated, and they must all step up to the task

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Australia's success a testament to immense will

Jan 6, 2014: The 5-0 scoreline speaks of a desperation so strong that players might have imploded had success not been achieved

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It's the application, not the talent

Dec 30, 2013: Rarely have we seen turnaround like the one Australia have just effected, but the gulf between the two teams is not as vast as the scoreline might suggest

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No hunger for Swann and England

Dec 23, 2013: They have lost the desperation to win and Australia were quick to sniff it out

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A pretty big deal for Australia

Dec 18, 2013: Their regeneration has come from unpromising circumstances, and all levels of their leadership have had plenty to do with it

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