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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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The Investec Ashes 2015

Test match drama can't be beaten

Aug 3, 2015: Three matches down, two to go. The way this series has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Finn revels in the joy of redemption

Jul 29, 2015: The fast bowler who was labelled as "unselectable" on the last Ashes tour is a frontline force once again after a journey to purgatory and back

Mark Nicholas

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

Australia's brutal, ruthless day

Jul 19, 2015: Day four at Lord's will have been traumatic for the England dressing room, but in Australia's celebrations would rightly have been long and loud. How quickly things change

Mark Nicholas

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

Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top

Jul 16, 2015: Australia's second-wicket stand at Lord's had stood since 1930 - and the partnership involved a chap named Bradman - but now it belongs to Australia's latest batting sensation and an older star aiming to bow out on a high

Mark Nicholas

The Investec Ashes 2015

Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem

Jul 13, 2015: Crucial runs and vital wickets in the first Test reinforced the allrounder's value to England as he overcame everything Australia tried to throw at him

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Three joyful days set a wonderful tone

Jul 10, 2015: This is a new England all right. Come what may in this remarkable Test match, a seed has been sowed and the future is bright

Mark Nicholas

The Ashes I remember

Jul 2, 2015: Lillee and Thommo, Illy, Boycs and Snow: the '70s was a fine time for a youngster captivated by England-Australia Test matches

Mark Nicholas

England are electric

Jun 18, 2015: Decades of being taught to play the conservative and "correct" way have done the team no favours in the modern era. Finally it has opted for a more carefree, fearless avatar

Mark Nicholas

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

How DRS has changed batting, and keeps the balance

Jun 2, 2015: The review system has changed the game, especially for spinners, as the final day at Headingley showed

Mark Nicholas

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

McCullum makes good from first innings madness

May 31, 2015: Get McCullum, get the game, thought England. So the New Zealand captain blocked a half-century to deliver the message that his side would not yield

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

A matchless match to revive English game

May 25, 2015: This was something close to the perfect Test, a game that swayed in the breeze of sport's unpredictability and lifted a burden from Alastair Cook's shoulders

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Wanted: Stuart Broad's mojo

May 22, 2015: The problems with Broad's batting after being hit by a bouncer have inhibited the rest of his game. England need him to find a solution

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

Pietersen's best option

May 13, 2015: He can start by buying into the English game by committing himself to Surrey for the rest of the season

Mark Nicholas

England's swinging shooting star

Apr 17, 2015: The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

Mark Nicholas

Clarke's fairy tale

Mar 30, 2015: The last few weeks and days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

Mark Nicholas

And then there were three

Mar 23, 2015: The final knockouts of the World Cup have the potential to be cricket classics

Mark Nicholas

Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be

Mar 12, 2015: Yes, the players are to blame, but more so the system that has sidelined the 50-overs format and turned it into a confused obligation

Mark Nicholas

Three issues the ICC needs to address

Mar 5, 2015: Cricket's governing body needs to resolve some problems pronto to make for a better World Cup for all

Mark Nicholas

Will New Zealand's momentum overpower Australia?

Feb 26, 2015: They only need to follow the example of their aggressive captain, who doesn't let insecurity undermine him

Mark Nicholas

All eyes on the big one

Feb 12, 2015: Cricket's top carnival has rolled around once more, bringing images of the past in its wake

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Vote - Which is the most outrageous cricket shot?

In the past week, we have seen two shots that left us awestruck: Virat Kohli's jab that sailed over midwicket and Najibullah Zadran's six over the extra-cover boundary despite slipping in the process. Will either of the two top this compilation?

'Why don't you admit you're an alien?'

Some of the reactions on Twitter to Virat Kohli's record-equalling hundred during India's chase in Pune

Yuvraj and Dhoni produce a sequel for the ages

Some of India's finest wins have come with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in harness at the crease. At Cuttack they rolled back the years to extraordinary effect

'Yuvraj is making us believe in fairytales'

The Twitter world rose up to applaud Yuvraj Singh's hundred, in his second game since being recalled to India's ODI squad

The agony and ecstasy of Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav battled physical exertion and pain as he played the innings of his life, but there could not have been a better balm to soothe those pains than watching his team go the distance

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