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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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T20: it's a gas, gas, gas

Sep 1, 2015: The Cardiff match showed the format is valid and valuable. Only, we need to be careful we don't overdo it

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The Investec Ashes 2015

Clarke pulls his final few tricks

Aug 24, 2015: He could not summon the score to give his career the grand send-off, but Clarke helped mastermind an Australia win, and everything he has given the game should be remembered

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England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

High drama, low tension

Aug 23, 2015: There was some crazy cricket in the Ashes although the quality was not always high. Yet for both teams it is the final outcome that matters. Careers are defined.

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Made in Sri Lanka, adaptable everywhere

Aug 19, 2015: Kumar Sangakkara has been a flag-bearer for his country's cricket, dominating attacks, winning hearts and maintaining the highest standards for 15 years

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England v Australia, 4th Investec Test

Cook and Clarke: two good men riding a dangerous wave

Aug 8, 2015: Michael Clarke will soon be a forgotten man but Alastair Cook has proved a tough so-and-so and has completed the transformation from lost soul to triumphant leader

Mark Nicholas at Trent Bridge

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Beautiful Broad swings it for England

Aug 6, 2015: Stuart Broad was at his best on an extraordinary first morning at Trent Bridge, where swing and seam destroyed Australia and all but sealed the fate of the urn

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The Investec Ashes 2015

Test match drama can't be beaten

Aug 3, 2015: Three matches down, two to go. The way this series has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Finn revels in the joy of redemption

Jul 29, 2015: The fast bowler who was labelled as "unselectable" on the last Ashes tour is a frontline force once again after a journey to purgatory and back

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

Australia's brutal, ruthless day

Jul 19, 2015: Day four at Lord's will have been traumatic for the England dressing room, but in Australia's celebrations would rightly have been long and loud. How quickly things change

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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top

Jul 16, 2015: Australia's second-wicket stand at Lord's had stood since 1930 - and the partnership involved a chap named Bradman - but now it belongs to Australia's latest batting sensation and an older star aiming to bow out on a high

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The Investec Ashes 2015

Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem

Jul 13, 2015: Crucial runs and vital wickets in the first Test reinforced the allrounder's value to England as he overcame everything Australia tried to throw at him

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Three joyful days set a wonderful tone

Jul 10, 2015: This is a new England all right. Come what may in this remarkable Test match, a seed has been sowed and the future is bright

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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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    Life is unfair. So is the toss

Andy and Jarrod get philosophical about the coin, and wonder if SA and NZ really played a series recently

    When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Rewind: Had India pulled off the chase at The Oval in 1979, Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

How will future fans look back at Bangladesh's rise?

Hassan Cheema: They can't wallow in pre-YouTube nostalgia like other fans can

    Pup and I

Ricky Ponting on the similarities between Michael Clarke's and his careers

Were Indian batsmen of earlier eras better against spin?

Kartikeya Date: Quality spinners have always thrived in India, so it may be unfair to say that today's Indian batsmen are inferior

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The Ashwin show, and Ishant's second wind

R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma dismantled the the opposition, Amit Mishra came back strongly, and Virat Kohli grew as captain during the series win in Sri Lanka

Why is Pujara given short shrift?

He averages better than Rohit Sharma but still has to fight for a place in the Test side, mostly because he doesn't play ODIs

India's will to win tested by searing conditions

On a steaming Colombo day, victory did not come easily to India. But the team kept its focus, intensity and clarity of thought going, and reaped the benefits

All 60 wickets to India bowlers, and a rare comeback

Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win

Another bowling display of two halves

For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook

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