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

Dec 12, 2013: Australia's and England's leaders are men cut from different cloth but both likeable, successful, and with mutually uncompromising gifts of patience and bloody-mindedness

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Raise courage and commitment, England

Dec 10, 2013: The ability to respond to challenges that are beyond the daily call is diminished by overkill, but that is precisely the task ahead of Cook and Co

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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

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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

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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

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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
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    Wake up and smell the IPL

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

About a bully boy

The Cricket Monthly: At his best Matthew Hayden resembled a big, nasty brute terrorising a bunch of kids. Where was the joy in that?

    How Kohli rules T20

Aakash Chopra: He cannot match the big hitters for power, but his numbers are as good as theirs - if not better

How to bring singles back into T20

Kartikeya Date: The format favours power hitters and bowlers of limited talent, which leads to the marginalisation of the single as a scoring unit

The ball you're always trying to bowl

Jonathan Wilson: When you feel like death and play on, hoping to produce the devastating dipper you long for

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Supergiants' list of possible replacements

Who could come in for the injured Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Kevin Pietersen? Here are some options for the beleaguered Pune franchise

When Harbhajan tried to console Rayudu

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians, in Pune

'The outpouring of emotion was like I'd died'

James Taylor, who was forced to retire at 26 due to a serious heart condition, talks about how his life has been turned upside down, and how he'll battle the illness just as he battled for his England career

The slowest IPL century, and all-new XIs

Also: the oldest maiden Test centurions, most Test matches missed, and keeper-captains' double-hundreds

The fizz in Mustafizur

In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

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    Supergiants' list of possible replacements (46)

    Who could come in for the injured Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Kevin Pietersen? Here are some options for the beleaguered Pune franchise

    The fizz in Mustafizur (39)

    In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

    'The outpouring of emotion was like I'd died' (37)

    James Taylor, who was forced to retire at 26 due to a serious heart condition, talks about how his life has been turned upside down, and how he'll battle the illness just as he battled for his England career

    Andre Russell, MVP (18)

    A look at what lies behind the rise of the West Indian allrounder who just might be the world's hottest T20 property at the moment

    Give first-class cricket its due (18)

    For struggling Test teams to get better, they need to strengthen their domestic cricket and ensure their best players aren't lost to T20