Mark Nicholas


It's 4am, do you know where your Test cricket is?
It's 4am, do you know where your Test cricket is?

Tuning in to a cracker of a Test in a time zone more than five hours ahead of yours is quite the tonic

Smith stands tall at the tail of Australia's odd summer of cricket
Smith stands tall at the tail of Australia's odd summer of cricket

Amid questions over the domestic schedule and a rut for the national team, their captain inspired Australia to turn things around - but bigger tests lie ahead

We'll remember Cook for his love of cricket
We'll remember Cook for his love of cricket

That, the mountains of runs he put up, his dignity under provocation, and his kindness and decency

Is Younis Pakistan's greatest batsman?
Is Younis Pakistan's greatest batsman?

Special as the likes of Hanif, Inzamam, Miandad and Yousuf were, this cussed oldster just might have pipped them all. He certainly has the numbers

Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure
Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure

You only needed to watch Australia's youngest debutant in Adelaide to know that the playing of cricket brings joy

Australia can find a way out of the darkness
Australia can find a way out of the darkness

The key is for them to see an opportunity in the chaos that engulfs them

Watch out for South Africa's bowlers
Watch out for South Africa's bowlers

Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Rabada come from a long, proud line of fast men, and they'll present Australia with a stern challenge

How Dolly changed the colour of our sport
How Dolly changed the colour of our sport

To better appreciate the value of quotas in sport, take a look again at Basil D'Oliveira's story

Durham must be saved and rebuilt
Durham must be saved and rebuilt

It is difficult to be sure that the punishment of relegation fit Durham's crime (if crime it was), but the points penalty undermines the cricketers and the supporters

Here's to England
Here's to England

The summer just past, including the thrilling finale of the County Championship, have provided much reason for fans to celebrate

City-based T20? Give it a shot
City-based T20? Give it a shot

England has for long needed a T20 tournament modelled on the IPL and BBL. If one comes to be, as it looks likely to, it could shake up the domestic game for the better

England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game
England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game

While it's up to each player to make his own decision to travel or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead with the tour

England's limitless future
England's limitless future

In ODIs they have a line-up packed with power hitters down to the lower order. The 444 was not as much of a surprise as it might at first seem

Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale
Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale

England looked tired after their victory in the third Test, and Pakistan looked energised by the need to respond. The upshot was telling at The Oval

Masters of making the ball talk
Masters of making the ball talk

The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

The redemption of Mohammad Amir
The redemption of Mohammad Amir

Amid the nervous tension, frustration and elation, Mohammad Amir finally drew a line under his Lord's story

England's dressing room of smiles
England's dressing room of smiles

It is a time of fine leadership, strong management and uncomplicated coaching for them. For Sri Lanka, not so much

Give the World Test Championship a chance
Give the World Test Championship a chance

Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by

England's guardian joins 10K club
England's guardian joins 10K club

The youngest among a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

Stance and style set England batsmen apart
Stance and style set England batsmen apart

England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles