Mark Nicholas


Jonny earns his place in folklore
Jonny earns his place in folklore

The 95 runs of epic character scored by Jonny Bairstow at Lord's were of immense importance to English cricket

Finn shows his heart in full glare
Finn shows his heart in full glare

It was a tight call over who would be England's third fast bowler at Lord's. The decision to stick with Steven Finn, despite his Headingley problems, was rewarded

Once flawless, England now oddly insecure
Once flawless, England now oddly insecure

How hard will it be for them to get the wheels back on, Pietersen and all?

The wristy joy of Amla
The wristy joy of Amla

His batting is cause for celebration and his achievements reflect the greater cultural richness now evident in South Africa

England limitations exposed
England limitations exposed

Technical deficiencies on slow, dry pitches mean England have now lost five from nine

The joy of Test-match batting
The joy of Test-match batting

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis gave a lesson in Test match batting during their record stand, showcasing skills that can only be found in the game's original format

South Africa awake to their task
South Africa awake to their task

The difference in South Africa's fast bowling Thursday to Friday was startling

No shackles for new England
No shackles for new England

Their one-day (and Test) cricket resurgence has plenty to do with a change of attitude

Kerry played guitar
Kerry played guitar

Tony Greig has no cause to feel anything but proud about his involvement with World Series Cricket - as seminal a turning point as any the game has seen

Why can't match referees rule on bad light?
Why can't match referees rule on bad light?

Paying viewers are short-changed when players go off in borderline poor conditions

Joyful Tino produces day to remember
Joyful Tino produces day to remember

Tino Best came within five runs of immortality and did so with a brilliance that put him up there with anybody in the great litany of Test cricket's unlikely performances

Let's talk about Kevin
Let's talk about Kevin

Pietersen's has been among the most sparkling yet controversial stories of all

The emperor in winter
The emperor in winter

Viv Richards may be in the commentary box these days, but the aura still endures

Strauss' new Australians ready for South Africa
Strauss' new Australians ready for South Africa

After proving their mastery over West Indies, England's only doubts surround No. 6 - and here the selectors might just get lucky once again

A tale of two Yorkshiremen
A tale of two Yorkshiremen

Jonny Bairstow and Ajmal Shahzad: two players at crucial stages in their careers

Failures will strengthen Strauss' resolve
Failures will strengthen Strauss' resolve

Questions about his place in the team are quickly forgotten if he scores runs and/or the team wins again. Not that he can afford to flatline in either department for long

England and India: two sides of the cricket coin
England and India: two sides of the cricket coin

The IPL and county cricket are not as irreconcilable as many think. And cricket needs both

Switch is a hit
Switch is a hit

A simple change to the lbw law would encourage a stroke that makes spectators gasp in wonder

The captain makes the team
The captain makes the team

Each side is shaped in the image of the man who leads it. To undervalue the captain is to misunderstand the nature of team