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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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Of Crane, Stokes and other things

Sep 28, 2017: England's selectors have delivered a couple of surprises with their Ashes picks

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Who should England pick for the Ashes?

Sep 21, 2017: It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

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Hope, Headingley: a miracle

Aug 30, 2017: Of all the unlikely things in West Indies' cricket history, this win must rank up there

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Pink is the colour for warm weather

Aug 21, 2017: The purpose of day-night Tests was to make the format more viewer-friendly. Having spectators in Birmingham huddle in the cold didn't quite do that

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Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?

Aug 11, 2017: The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances

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England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Old Trafford swings to Jimmy's tune

Aug 5, 2017: It took James Anderson just three deliveries to strike from his own end on a day where the ground hung on his every move

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England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Stokes the fitting crown for Oval's 100th

Jul 28, 2017: The Oval is a ground that rarely disappoints and Ben Stokes produced an innings to rank up there with the greats

Mark Nicholas at Kia Oval

It's time to rediscover Test-match batting

Jul 19, 2017: England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention

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England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Amla eases through gears past to inspire South Africa

Jul 14, 2017: He may have failed to reach the hundred that was his for the taking but there were shades of Hashim Amla's greatness on display at Trent Bridge

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

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

Root lays down a marker like few others

Jul 6, 2017: A host of new pre-match duties; his openers dismissed early; the walk through the Long Room as England's captain; a sticky start with the bat. But, then, Joe Root commanded Lord's

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Women's cricket is looking stronger and faster than ever before

Jun 27, 2017: The appeal of the game is growing among young girls, and a competitive World Cup will only help it spread more

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Ringside at the miracle of Pakistan

Jun 19, 2017: Zaman, Amir, Hafeez, history. I was there

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A festival of cricket is upon us

May 31, 2017: England's meek defeat at Lord's was a departure from their recent style, but should not affect their prospects in a potentially vibrant Champions Trophy

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England have been to hell but are looking at the stars now

May 18, 2017: Their metamorphosis after the low of the World Cup has been remarkable, to the point where they must be ranked as favourites for the Champions Trophy

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English cricket needs to embrace legspin again

May 4, 2017: One of our sport's most captivating arts has been allowed to languish on the margins of county cricket for far too long. Is that about to change?

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The hills are alive with the sound of county cricket

Apr 20, 2017: April is here: time for cricket to signal a season of renewal amid the sunshine and the smell of fresh-mown grass

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England's exuberant No. 80

Apr 6, 2017: If Joe Root manages to create a team in his own image, and better still a successful team, it will be a good one to watch

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What Ranchi tells us about bat sizes

Mar 23, 2017: Cricket is so much more than big hits and big runs. Hence the need to stop the march of big bats

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Where are we 140 years later?

Mar 15, 2017: Test cricket has gone through all sorts of transformations since 1877, but it has never lost its ability to be the most magical of all sports

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It's 4am, do you know where your Test cricket is?

Mar 9, 2017: Tuning in to a cracker of a Test in a time zone more than five hours ahead of yours is quite the tonic

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