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

Mark Nicholas

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

Mark Nicholas

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

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Who will rain on Dhoni's parade?

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

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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

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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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Is it time for the West Indian nations to go it alone?

Dec 17, 2015: Caribbean cricket is at a desperately low ebb, and there's little hope of things improving the way they're going at the moment

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Pink-ball cricket: pretty as a picture

Dec 3, 2015: The Test at Adelaide Oval was an aesthetic delight, and it put bums on seats too

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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