Mark Nicholas
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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel 9's cricket coverage
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Role reversal and ugliness add to the excitement

Dec 4, 2013: Australia are on top, Johnson is firing, Cook and Flower are struggling, Clarke and Lehmann are clicking. We can't wait for Adelaide

Mark Nicholas

What fast bowling does

Nov 25, 2013: It gives aggro to your fielders, jitters to the opposition, and thrills to the fans

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A touch of genius

Nov 19, 2013: As Kevin Pietersen prepares for his 100th Test, he is close to being regarded as a truly great cricketer, England's first since Ian Botham

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A little ball-tampering will do cricket good

Oct 31, 2013: What's wrong with letting people help get the ball to swing, if they're doing it using natural resources?

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The Fantastic Four

Oct 17, 2013: Remembering the glorious summer of 2005, when Hoggy, Harmy, Jonah, and Fred carried England to a rare state of euphoria

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Not walking when you nick it? That's cheating

Oct 3, 2013: You have no choice but to walk when you're caught at cover. It ought to be the same if you feather it to slip

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Time 50-over cricket is nurtured and sustained

Sep 12, 2013: All cricket's skills are on view in the 50-overs game. If the format is to retain its importance, it must be in the spotlight

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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day

Succour for Clarke and joy for Cook

Aug 25, 2013: England take a 3-0 victory but know they had more in the tank, while Australia showed gradual improvement after Lord's. Expect both sides to be at the limit of their game in Brisbane

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Watson plot most intriguing of many

Aug 21, 2013: England surprised everyone with their selections but the success of Australia's new No. 3 trumped even that

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Durham, 4th day

Warner can make a difference

Aug 12, 2013: For the duration of his innings it appeared David Warner would get the better of England, but it wasn't meant to be. However, it confirmed that Australia can't afford for his talent to be wasted

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Lyon's simple ploy that foxed England

Aug 9, 2013: Nathan Lyon is not a "modern" offspinner but his old-school values have served him well

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 5th day

Damn the weather, but Australia turn a corner

Aug 5, 2013: After the humiliation of Lord's, Australia refocused their game and, if it hadn't been for the weather, would probably have won in Manchester. That bodes well for the remainder of the Ashes

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

KP stocks still on the rise

Aug 3, 2013: The Old Trafford bars emptied to witness some Kevin Pietersen magic - let us hope there is still more to come

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Forgotten Phil watches his captain's mastery

Aug 1, 2013: Cast aside once again, Phillip Hughes sat in the pavilion and watched Michael Clarke play an elegant innings of the purest timing

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Feeble Australia the real story of Lord's

Jul 20, 2013: The tourists' weaknesses overshadowed Joe Root's memorable century, weaknesses that stem from home

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

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

Pattinson's dream slopes away

Jul 18, 2013: There is a lot to contend with on the opening day of a Lord's Test - emotion, pressure, famous faces - but the most important is adjusting to the famous slope

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

World changes for Ashton and Australia

Jul 14, 2013: Ashton Agar strode out on debut at No. 11 with his team reeling and transformed the series in just over an hour of batting

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Roared on and roared off

Jul 13, 2013: The day began with a tribalistic welcome for Ian Bell and Stuart Broad and ended with a great wave of relief at Michael Clarke's dismissal

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

No surprises from Siddle

Jul 10, 2013: The selectors pulled one out of the hat with Ashton Agar's inclusion but they were wise to stick with the reliable Peter Siddle

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

A lifetime on cricket's rollercoaster

Jul 9, 2013: The Ashes legacy rests on the players' ability to capture the imagination of the fans, whether they follow it via radio, TV, the papers or live

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Pakistan should not welcome Amir back

The serene team culture cultivated by Misbah and his men shouldn't be allowed to be disrupted by a player with a tainted past

November games need November prices

An early start to the international season, coupled with costly tickets, have kept the Australian public away from the cricket

The inherent dangers of batting

The sickening blow that struck Phillip Hughes is a reminder of the ever-present dangers associated with facing fast bowlers, even while wearing a helmet

Hope for Hughes, feel for Abbott

It is impossible to imagine how Sean Abbott must feel after sending down that bouncer to Phillip Hughes. While the cricket world hopes for Hughes' recovery, it should also ensure Abbott is supported

Dhawan's bouncer problem

Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia

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