Mark Nicholas


This is a time for healing and we are all in charge
This is a time for healing and we are all in charge

Sport finds itself on hold now. That provides us a timely opportunity to recalibrate and reassess

Have South Africa turned a corner?
Have South Africa turned a corner?

Under Jacques Faul, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher, they just might have put the doom and gloom of 2019 behind them

South Africa have learned more than England in the ODI series
South Africa have learned more than England in the ODI series

At Newlands, de Kock and Bavuma briefly took watchers back to a golden age of South African cricket

Wood's on fire
Wood's on fire

Is he faster than Larwood, Tyson, Trueman and Malcolm? Probably

England's young players are making the difference for them
England's young players are making the difference for them

How good were Pope and Bess in Port Elizabeth?

Why Cape Town was a big win for Joe Root
Why Cape Town was a big win for Joe Root

Finally he has full ownership of his team, and in this Test he got what he wanted from his leading men and from the support cast too

No team of Boucher and Smith's will lie down
No team of Boucher and Smith's will lie down

South Africa's new coach emphasised the importance of clarity, and you saw that in the performance against England in Centurion

Beware of South Africa's spirit, England
Beware of South Africa's spirit, England

With Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher at the helm, South Africa no longer look as rocky as they did a month ago. England have been warned

Bob Willis, funny and acerbic on camera, kind and warm behind it
Bob Willis, funny and acerbic on camera, kind and warm behind it

A thrilling fast bowler, an incisive commentator, a generous colleague, and a wonderful travel companion - Mark Nicholas remembers a hero and a friend

How about Gary Kirsten as England's next coach?
How about Gary Kirsten as England's next coach?

He has had successful stints with India and South Africa and has a batting brain that Joe Root would love to pick

Australia have played better cricket for most of this Ashes series
Australia have played better cricket for most of this Ashes series

Their bowling has been relentless and tight, and their batting has been, well, Steve Smith

Can we finally lay the ghost of Ian Botham to rest?
Can we finally lay the ghost of Ian Botham to rest?

Like Beefy, and Andrew Flintoff before him, Ben Stokes has the spirit and stamina to drag his side out of trouble and into magnificent victory

Stokes 2019 is Botham '81 + Flintoff '05 and more
Stokes 2019 is Botham '81 + Flintoff '05 and more

The Ashes are alive thanks to the incredible game awareness and self-belief of one batsman who was yet again left to get it done by himself

The beauty of the Test match game now? Everybody goes at it like mad dogs
The beauty of the Test match game now? Everybody goes at it like mad dogs

We talk about poor techniques and slow over rates, but now more than ever, as Lord's showed, the play is the thing, and it has everybody hooked.

England's allrounders give Root options and flair
England's allrounders give Root options and flair

It is a happy coincidence that they currently have so many multi-skilled players

Smith's innings spoke of the beauty and power of human reform
Smith's innings spoke of the beauty and power of human reform

He has said that his year out of the game made him resolve to make up for lost time. He began that mission in earnest against England

Are England ready for the Ashes?
Are England ready for the Ashes?

Coming off a tense World Cup win, an escape in the Ireland Test, and battling top-order problems, are they in the right frame of mind to take on Australia over seven weeks?

Look ma, no fingernails
Look ma, no fingernails

Astonishing, unprecedented, lucky, smart, brilliant, unlucky, flattering, faltering, preposterous - the World Cup final was all that and more

The man from Tauranga and the one from Rush
The man from Tauranga and the one from Rush

Which one will end up holding the trophy come Sunday evening?

Why it is important for England to win this World Cup
Why it is important for England to win this World Cup

They have waited a long time for this, and made it through to the pointy end after a few wake-up calls. Never have they had a team better equipped to achieve glory