Mark Nicholas


The return of the outswing
The return of the outswing

James Anderson has fantastic variation to his bowling, but the value of the stock ball should never be underestimated

Give us some of the spirit of '84
Give us some of the spirit of '84

Thirty-something years ago Sri Lanka briefly lit up an English summer with some of the best cricket seen that year. Let's hope for a reprise

Wake up and smell the IPL
Wake up and smell the IPL

Spring in England is a time for getting back into the rhythms of cricket. In India, it's a different ball game, of course

Safety isn't only about the helmet
Safety isn't only about the helmet

Insisting on batsmen wearing standardised headgear that compromises their comfort is risky. Players should rather learn to cope better with the short ball

West Indies' triumph of imagination and spirit
West Indies' triumph of imagination and spirit

An apology to Darren Sammy's men, whose intoxicating win in the final was driven by organisation and smarts

Root, Kohli and art in T20 batting
Root, Kohli and art in T20 batting

It was feared that T20 would ruin batting, and cricket in general. But two recent innings give us a glimpse of a more beautiful future

Who will rain on Dhoni's parade?
Who will rain on Dhoni's parade?

Australia, England and South Africa can pose some threats, but the hosts are favourites

ODIs: less is more
ODIs: less is more

There's plenty of life in the format if administrators take the responsibility for smarter scheduling and more effective promotion

Modern batting and the gift of fearlessness
Modern batting and the gift of fearlessness

The fear of failure has been inherent in cricket, but T20 has changed that. The key to the future is to not let the format ride roughshod

Amla's ideal
Amla's ideal

Why his decision to quit for the greater good and for personal harmony is brave and smart

Is it time for the West Indian nations to go it alone?
Is it time for the West Indian nations to go it alone?

Caribbean cricket is at a desperately low ebb, and there's little hope of things improving the way they're going at the moment

Pink-ball cricket: pretty as a picture
Pink-ball cricket: pretty as a picture

The Test at Adelaide Oval was an aesthetic delight, and it put bums on seats too

The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson
The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson

His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

Cricket could do with some humility and kindness
Cricket could do with some humility and kindness

Violent as it is, rugby doesn't prevent its players from being respectful and considerate to their opponents. Surely cricketers can do the same

All hail England's legspin torchbearer
All hail England's legspin torchbearer

Traditionally the country has been sceptical about leggies. Rashid's debut performance has the potential to give the form the respect it deserves

We need Pakistan as much as it needs us
We need Pakistan as much as it needs us

The country produces captivating cricketers, and the global game cannot afford to rest until Pakistan is fully restored to the fold

Magical mystery summer
Magical mystery summer

There has been breathtaking, amazing cricket in England, but we need to ensure the next generation develops a taste for what is on offer

T20: it's a gas, gas, gas
T20: it's a gas, gas, gas

The Cardiff match showed the format is valid and valuable. Only, we need to be careful we don't overdo it

Clarke pulls his final few tricks
Clarke pulls his final few tricks

He could not summon the score to give his career the grand send-off, but Clarke helped mastermind an Australia win, and everything he has given the game should be remembered

High drama, low tension
High drama, low tension

There was some crazy cricket in the Ashes although the quality was not always high. Yet for both teams it is the final outcome that matters. Careers are defined.