Mark Nicholas


Here's the Ashes
Here's the Ashes

Commentators, presenters, spectators, players - we're all waiting for the latest edition of the storied series to kick off

Of Crane, Stokes and other things
Of Crane, Stokes and other things

England's selectors have delivered a couple of surprises with their Ashes picks

Who should England pick for the Ashes?
Who should England pick for the Ashes?

It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

Hope, Headingley: a miracle
Hope, Headingley: a miracle

Of all the unlikely things in West Indies' cricket history, this win must rank up there

Pink is the colour for warm weather
Pink is the colour for warm weather

The purpose of day-night Tests was to make the format more viewer-friendly. Having spectators in Birmingham huddle in the cold didn't quite do that

Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?
Root or du Plessis: who would you rather be?

The England captain largely has the personnel to give expression to his dynamic leadership. His South African counterpart faces trickier circumstances

Old Trafford swings to Jimmy's tune
Old Trafford swings to Jimmy's tune

It took James Anderson just three deliveries to strike from his own end on a day where the ground hung on his every move

Stokes the fitting crown for Oval's 100th
Stokes the fitting crown for Oval's 100th

The Oval is a ground that rarely disappoints and Ben Stokes produced an innings to rank up there with the greats

It's time to rediscover Test-match batting
It's time to rediscover Test-match batting

England's recklessness in the name of positivity is a sign that the art of batting in the longest format is no longer given due attention

Amla eases through gears past to inspire South Africa
Amla eases through gears past to inspire South Africa

He may have failed to reach the hundred that was his for the taking but there were shades of Hashim Amla's greatness on display at Trent Bridge

Root lays down a marker like few others
Root lays down a marker like few others

A host of new pre-match duties; his openers dismissed early; the walk through the Long Room as England's captain; a sticky start with the bat. But, then, Joe Root commanded Lord's

Women's cricket is looking stronger and faster than ever before
Women's cricket is looking stronger and faster than ever before

The appeal of the game is growing among young girls, and a competitive World Cup will only help it spread more

Ringside at the miracle of Pakistan
Ringside at the miracle of Pakistan

Zaman, Amir, Hafeez, history. I was there

A festival of cricket is upon us
A festival of cricket is upon us

England's meek defeat at Lord's was a departure from their recent style, but should not affect their prospects in a potentially vibrant Champions Trophy

England have been to hell but are looking at the stars now
England have been to hell but are looking at the stars now

Their metamorphosis after the low of the World Cup has been remarkable, to the point where they must be ranked as favourites for the Champions Trophy

English cricket needs to embrace legspin again
English cricket needs to embrace legspin again

One of our sport's most captivating arts has been allowed to languish on the margins of county cricket for far too long. Is that about to change?

The hills are alive with the sound of county cricket
The hills are alive with the sound of county cricket

April is here: time for cricket to signal a season of renewal amid the sunshine and the smell of fresh-mown grass

England's exuberant No. 80
England's exuberant No. 80

If Joe Root manages to create a team in his own image, and better still a successful team, it will be a good one to watch

What Ranchi tells us about bat sizes
What Ranchi tells us about bat sizes

Cricket is so much more than big hits and big runs. Hence the need to stop the march of big bats

Where are we 140 years later?
Where are we 140 years later?

Test cricket has gone through all sorts of transformations since 1877, but it has never lost its ability to be the most magical of all sports