Mark Nicholas


Sri Lanka's cricket legacy is glorious, but what does the future hold?
Sri Lanka's cricket legacy is glorious, but what does the future hold?

From the golden age of Rantunga and Murali, they are now at a point where the road ahead is uncertain, on field and off it

England have ability. Do they have adaptability?
England have ability. Do they have adaptability?

The next four matches in Sri Lanka will tell if they have a capacity for considered expression and the skill to thoughtfully adapt to the circumstances and conditions

Living the last of Alastair Cook's Test match life
Living the last of Alastair Cook's Test match life

He finished as he began, with a century. The game is better for his place in its history

Why Southampton was a good advert for Test cricket
Why Southampton was a good advert for Test cricket

Superb, sun-kissed action, drama, and generosity of spirit - what more could you ask for?

The case for Vince
The case for Vince

Why England ought to play him in the fourth Test, bring in Moeen Ali, and bring back Sam Curran

Kohli's magic trick is his suppression of ego
Kohli's magic trick is his suppression of ego

As India captain, he needs ego in spades, but while on the job, he needs to show none of it. He has succeeded, and how

Why batsmen have lost the ability to just play
Why batsmen have lost the ability to just play

The Lord's Test is just the latest in a long line of matches in which players struggled with basic technique and concentration

The timeless human drama of Edgbaston 2018
The timeless human drama of Edgbaston 2018

Matches like this one allow for an experience of breadth and depth that the shorter forms cannot provide

The task ahead of Joe Root
The task ahead of Joe Root

He needs to throw off the shackles to come into his own as a leader

A different eye, a different mind
A different eye, a different mind

AB de Villiers was iconoclastic in his innovation and puritanical in his disciplines. From those contrasts came the man who can do it all

Why only a hundred balls?
Why only a hundred balls?

The ECB's new idea is not a bad thing. Here's how it could be better

This is another wake-up call for cricket
This is another wake-up call for cricket

The death of Phillip Hughes brought sobering realisations to the game; it is time we all look within again

It is not a softer game we look for but a kinder one
It is not a softer game we look for but a kinder one

Teams differ on what is within the spirit of cricket. But basic respect for yourself, your opponents and the game isn't hard to agree upon

Are cricket's administrators able to think out of the T20 box?
Are cricket's administrators able to think out of the T20 box?

It can't always and only be about the lowest common denominator. Cricket's many formats can co-exist successfully in England and elsewhere

Cricket isn't ready for the grave just yet
Cricket isn't ready for the grave just yet

The game has weathered storms in the past, and it will almost certainly do so again

Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney
Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney

Technology, despite all its advantages, can't provide the three-dimensional view that umpires have

Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes
Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes

There is nothing wrong with the home team winning more often than not, but there is a long-term threat in the visiting team not competing

Bradman, Headley, Sutcliffe, Pollock… Smith?
Bradman, Headley, Sutcliffe, Pollock… Smith?

There is much of the all-time greats in the Australian captain

The three reasons why Joe Root chose to bowl in Adelaide
The three reasons why Joe Root chose to bowl in Adelaide

And the seven reasons he shouldn't have

England's wheels are not off but they're loosened
England's wheels are not off but they're loosened

They couldn't match fire with fire in Brisbane, or spin with spin. And they had no answers for the Steven Smith question