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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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And then there were three

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Lift yourself, ODI cricket

Jan 30, 2015: The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

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Morgan must get England to show some edge

Jan 18, 2015: The way the England captain imposed himself in Sydney can teach his fellow batsmen about finding a bit of mongrel

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Stop embarrassing yourselves over the DRS, India

Jan 2, 2015: Rather than complain about the so-called ineffectiveness of the system, the BCCI should use its financial muscle to improve it

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A good time to invest in Smith stock

Dec 17, 2014: Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

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The spirit of Hughes, the spirit of cricket

Dec 4, 2014: Stop the rancour, stop the sledging, play the game and ignite the friendships that make it so special

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Give cricket's best brains a say in the game's future

Nov 20, 2014: What if commentators, former players, broadcasters, match referees and journalists pool their ideas and present them to the ICC?

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    The Ashes I remember

Mark Nicholas: The '70s was a fine time for a kid captivated by England-Australia Tests

The anomaly that is Yasir Shah

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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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