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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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Faf celebrated in the land he denied

Nov 27, 2012: Faf du Plessis' epic fourth-innings hundred, which lasted nearly eight hours in the heat and humidity of Adelaide, is one of the greatest match-saving innings

Mark Nicholas

Is the no-ball law too exact?

Nov 21, 2012: Most rules are in favour of the batsman. Maybe it is time to give bowlers the line at least

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The hundred Ed had to have

Nov 15, 2012: Cowan's century at the Gabba was a celebration of bloody-minded determination over hope

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All eyes on the batsmen

Nov 8, 2012: Australia and South Africa have formidable pace attacks, so it will probably be those who perform best against those bowlers who will decide the series

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A battle of allrounders, captains, coaches and quick men

Nov 1, 2012: The Australia-South Africa series is one to make cricket lovers everywhere sit up. One man in particular

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Go well, Martin

Oct 18, 2012: New Zealand's greatest batsman will bring to his fight against disease the qualities he set store by in his fine cricket career

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Bravo, Hants

Sep 19, 2012: In praise of a champion county side

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South Africa in England 2012

Make 50 overs special again

Sep 6, 2012: England's awful display at Trent Bridge was partly down to the skewed priorities of the cricket schedule and, instead of the current fixture cram, short one-day series should be played before the Tests

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Andrew Strauss retires

One of England's best

Aug 29, 2012: There were no tears and no regrets. Just like during his career Andrew Strauss dealt in facts and reality when deciding to call it a day

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South Africa's superstars of '76

Aug 23, 2012: If you think the world's current No. 1 side takes some beating, take a look at their compatriots from 35 years ago

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England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Kirsten does it again

Aug 20, 2012: After Test and World Cup success with India, Gary Kirsten has now led his native country to No. 1

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Jonny earns his place in folklore

Aug 18, 2012: The 95 runs of epic character scored by Jonny Bairstow at Lord's were of immense importance to English cricket

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Finn shows his heart in full glare

Aug 16, 2012: It was a tight call over who would be England's third fast bowler at Lord's. The decision to stick with Steven Finn, despite his Headingley problems, was rewarded

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

Once flawless, England now oddly insecure

Aug 10, 2012: How hard will it be for them to get the wheels back on, Pietersen and all?

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The wristy joy of Amla

Jul 26, 2012: His batting is cause for celebration and his achievements reflect the greater cultural richness now evident in South Africa

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

England limitations exposed

Jul 23, 2012: Technical deficiencies on slow, dry pitches mean England have now lost five from nine

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

The joy of Test-match batting

Jul 22, 2012: Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis gave a lesson in Test match batting during their record stand, showcasing skills that can only be found in the game's original format

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England v SA, 1st Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

South Africa awake to their task

Jul 20, 2012: The difference in South Africa's fast bowling Thursday to Friday was startling

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

No shackles for new England

Jul 12, 2012: Their one-day (and Test) cricket resurgence has plenty to do with a change of attitude

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Kerry played guitar

Jun 28, 2012: Tony Greig has no cause to feel anything but proud about his involvement with World Series Cricket - as seminal a turning point as any the game has seen

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Cook's pickle

The Cricket Monthly: England's greatest run machine has been straddled with the tag of a "company man". Where does that leave his legacy?
TCM July issue

    'Bloody hell, I must be old'

Ravi Bopara on his autographing ethics, and putting up with Trott's velcro-heavy superstitions

    Anderson, Broad, and their Aussie battles

Numbers Game: With the red Dukes ball, Stuart Broad has a much better record than James Anderson against Australia

    Dhoni and Kohli: a clash of ideologies?

Sidharth Monga: The philosophies of India's two captains could not be more different. That makes for a tricky situation, which the administrators must handle well

The anomaly that is Yasir Shah

Hassan Cheema: His success does not reflect the bigger picture of legspin in Pakistan, but the team will be hoping he remains the exception for a long time

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A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

Five questions for the selectors who picked the second-string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe

Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

'If you play your game, you are fearless' - Vijay

M Vijay opens up about surfing, his unimpressive record in ODIs and the chance to improve on that, and about learning to express himself more freely

The kid who was competition to Bradman

The player who many thought was a better batsman than the greatest of them all

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