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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel 9's cricket coverage
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No time for India and West Indies to squabble

Oct 23, 2014: Why the BCCI should use a carrot, not a stick, in its approach to the WICB

Mark Nicholas

A summer of reconciliation and redemption

Oct 9, 2014: Yorkshire's outstanding success, Jimmy's tears, the fightback against India - it was an English season where you didn't really a miss a certain someone

Mark Nicholas

The mighty Mr Pollock

Aug 28, 2014: Graeme Pollock has been among the top three finest players his country ever produced; and not far off that pace in the world rankings either

Mark Nicholas

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

One-day barrier to Indian Test progress

Aug 17, 2014: With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

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

Cook on right side of Sliding Doors

Aug 15, 2014: England appear to be cruising towards a 3-1 series victory - but things could have been very different were it not for three coin tosses and a dropped catch

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Young England growing up fast

Aug 9, 2014: The turnaround in England's fortunes since defeat at Lord's has been remarkable and testament to the faith Alastair Cook has shown in several new players

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Anderson bullies in the right way

Aug 7, 2014: Bowlers like to bully. Theirs is a job of blood and sweat and when the odds turn in their favour, watch out

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

Jacques Kallis retires

Kallis a standard-bearer for a nation

Jul 30, 2014: He made South Africans proud and he made the rest of the world stand up and take notice. He played at the highest level for 18 years and was the beating heart of many fine teams

Mark Nicholas

England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Gary Ballance: England's undercover agent

Jul 28, 2014: England's Zimbabwe-born No. 3 flew under the radar almost until his debut - but the world is watching now

Mark Nicholas at the Ageas Bowl

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 5th day

England seem to have forgotten about personality

Jul 21, 2014: They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Jul 20, 2014: Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 3rd day

For goodness sake, pitch it up

Jul 19, 2014: Uniform pitches are a problem all over the world. They all play much the same. It is crucial that the indigenous qualities of surfaces in their various climates and conditions are allowed to flourish

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Signs a corner has been turned by England

Jul 13, 2014: The hosts appeared to play with a different attitude at Trent Bridge. No longer was there a sense that the game owed them. They just got on with it and Alastair Cook played the match with a smile on his face

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Ishant's Mr Mistoffelees spell

Jul 11, 2014: Mark Waugh often said there was no such thing as a flat pitch in Test cricket and that the best bowlers would find a way. On the third day at Trent Bridge, Ishant Sharma found that way, adapting like England had not managed

Mark Nicholas

The Frost and Blank English cricket show

Jul 4, 2014: Richards, Hadlee, Chappell, Tendulkar and Lara have all featured in charity matches organised by a legendary British broadcaster and a banker at a private ground in Oxfordshire

Mark Nicholas

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

The tale of two balls, one winner and a piece of history

Jun 24, 2014: With two balls remaining at Lord's, Nuwan Pradeep was saved by an inside edge (and the DRS). A little over a week later, with two balls remaining at Leeds, James Anderson fended a bouncer to decide the series

Mark Nicholas

England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Mathews record invites comparisons with The Don

Jun 23, 2014: One of the great Test innings by Angelo Mathews, typical of his outstanding record as captain, has put Sri Lanka on the brink of a famous win

Mark Nicholas at Headingley

Boycott remains a priceless voice

Jun 21, 2014: Cricket is still the fire in Geoff Boycott's belly. His passion is undimmed and each moment of each day is watched, analysed and forensically thought through before the burst of opinion is unleashed

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England's reticent champion

Jun 20, 2014: To be playing a 100th Test at the age of 32 is a walloping achievement. Better still, the very best of "Belly" may be yet to come

Mark Nicholas

England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Sangakkara a maestro in convoluted drama

Jun 16, 2014: In a match to highlight all that is great about Test cricket Kumar Sangakarra showed his class and without him Sri Lanka were done for

Mark Nicholas at Lord's
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The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot

Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Has international cricket begun to break up?

The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

    Rewarding times for Hashim Amla (55)

    The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot

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    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    Australia outdone in every way (51)

    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin