Mark Nicholas


Nerve-shredders, no-contests, and a night in Newcastle
Nerve-shredders, no-contests, and a night in Newcastle

This week at the World Cup, our correspondent has a few tense moments during the England v India match and stumbles on a bit of family history

Baz, Barry, Babar, and the beauty of sporting life
Baz, Barry, Babar, and the beauty of sporting life

This week at the World Cup, our correspondent gets to hang with some legit artists, and turns off the TV just before Carlos Brathwaite gets going

An evening with the Judge. And the joys of watching Finch, Rohit and Shakib
An evening with the Judge. And the joys of watching Finch, Rohit and Shakib

Our diarist watches three batsmen take centre stage in the World Cup

Bend the rules and bring AB back for the World Cup? Why not?
Bend the rules and bring AB back for the World Cup? Why not?

Our commentator-columnist gets starry-eyed around two batting greats and wades into the de Villiers debate (while also getting in a round of golf in between)

Brearley's lecture, Warnie's diet, and Mickey's love for Pakistan
Brearley's lecture, Warnie's diet, and Mickey's love for Pakistan

Plenty of action (and wining and dining) for one commentator as the World Cup kicks off

Ten things I'd like to see at this World Cup
Ten things I'd like to see at this World Cup

What will this edition of the tournament bring?

England aren't bad, only less consistent than Morgan demands
England aren't bad, only less consistent than Morgan demands

They are still an exceptional team, but they need attention to detail and sensible application when confronted with problems

To be decisive and confident as a batsman, you don't need to always be attacking
To be decisive and confident as a batsman, you don't need to always be attacking

Joe Root prefers his players express themselves rather than retreat into their shells; the interpretation of how to do so is critical

Dinner with Mickey and Graeme
Dinner with Mickey and Graeme

Arthur has had a storied coaching tenure with three of the world's top teams now

Echoes of the past in Holder's clear and present future
Echoes of the past in Holder's clear and present future

Dare we say that this is the West Indies revival we've been waiting for?

The regeneration of Amla and Steyn
The regeneration of Amla and Steyn

The two stalwarts have showed that there still is some gas in their tanks

Get the pitch right and the balance between bat and ball will sort itself out
Get the pitch right and the balance between bat and ball will sort itself out

Pitches and over rates matter. Spectators must feel that their attendance is valued

The bogeyman returns to claim his record
The bogeyman returns to claim his record

Dale Steyn has put behind him the shoulder injury that kept him out of the game for two years and is ready to stake his claim as South Africa's greatest fast bowler

How Kohli is an example for Tim Paine's team
How Kohli is an example for Tim Paine's team

His passion and commitment are a lesson for all. He is the very model of a modern batsman when he needs to be and the best example of an ancient art when that skill is required

It has been Root's tour, and triumph
It has been Root's tour, and triumph

His decisive leadership has manifested itself in a number of admirable ways

Jennings and Burns have done enough - for now
Jennings and Burns have done enough - for now

They look good enough to go to the Caribbean, but will they last as long as the Ashes?

Herath's goodbye, Root's hello
Herath's goodbye, Root's hello

It was a less than memorable goodbye for a legend. For England's captain, it's all coming up roses

How about Stokes at No. 3?
How about Stokes at No. 3?

Selection for the first Test is tricky but England's ambition should be to embrace options rather than retreat to type

Respect and responsibility must be the core around which the game revolves
Respect and responsibility must be the core around which the game revolves

The review of Australian cricket asks fundamental questions about sport's place in our society, and about cricket's values at a time when the game is hugely challenged

England have cause for a little concern but not for panic
England have cause for a little concern but not for panic

They might have got a reminder of mortality on Tuesday, but the stakes were low