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