Mark Nicholas


Made in Sri Lanka, adaptable everywhere
Made in Sri Lanka, adaptable everywhere

Kumar Sangakkara has been a flag-bearer for his country's cricket, dominating attacks, winning hearts and maintaining the highest standards for 15 years

Cook and Clarke: two good men riding a dangerous wave
Cook and Clarke: two good men riding a dangerous wave

Michael Clarke will soon be a forgotten man but Alastair Cook has proved a tough so-and-so and has completed the transformation from lost soul to triumphant leader

Beautiful Broad swings it for England
Beautiful Broad swings it for England

Stuart Broad was at his best on an extraordinary first morning at Trent Bridge, where swing and seam destroyed Australia and all but sealed the fate of the urn

Test match drama can't be beaten
Test match drama can't be beaten

Three matches down, two to go. The way this series has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

Finn revels in the joy of redemption
Finn revels in the joy of redemption

The fast bowler who was labelled as "unselectable" on the last Ashes tour is a frontline force once again after a journey to purgatory and back

Australia's brutal, ruthless day
Australia's brutal, ruthless day

Day four at Lord's will have been traumatic for the England dressing room, but in Australia's celebrations would rightly have been long and loud. How quickly things change

Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top
Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top

Australia's second-wicket stand at Lord's had stood since 1930 - and the partnership involved a chap named Bradman - but now it belongs to Australia's latest batting sensation and an older star aiming to bow out on a high

Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem
Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem

Crucial runs and vital wickets in the first Test reinforced the allrounder's value to England as he overcame everything Australia tried to throw at him

Three joyful days set a wonderful tone
Three joyful days set a wonderful tone

This is a new England all right. Come what may in this remarkable Test match, a seed has been sowed and the future is bright

The Ashes I remember
The Ashes I remember

Lillee and Thommo, Illy, Boycs and Snow: the '70s was a fine time for a youngster captivated by England-Australia Test matches

England are electric
England are electric

Decades of being taught to play the conservative and "correct" way have done the team no favours in the modern era. Finally it has opted for a more carefree, fearless avatar

How DRS has changed batting, and keeps the balance
How DRS has changed batting, and keeps the balance

The review system has changed the game, especially for spinners, as the final day at Headingley showed

McCullum makes good from first innings madness
McCullum makes good from first innings madness

Get McCullum, get the game, thought England. So the New Zealand captain blocked a half-century to deliver the message that his side would not yield

A matchless match to revive English game
A matchless match to revive English game

This was something close to the perfect Test, a game that swayed in the breeze of sport's unpredictability and lifted a burden from Alastair Cook's shoulders

Wanted: Stuart Broad's mojo
Wanted: Stuart Broad's mojo

The problems with Broad's batting after being hit by a bouncer have inhibited the rest of his game. England need him to find a solution

Pietersen's best option
Pietersen's best option

He can start by buying into the English game by committing himself to Surrey for the rest of the season

England's swinging shooting star
England's swinging shooting star

The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

Clarke's fairy tale
Clarke's fairy tale

The last few weeks and days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

And then there were three
And then there were three

The final knockouts of the World Cup have the potential to be cricket classics

Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be
Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be

Yes, the players are to blame, but more so the system that has sidelined the 50-overs format and turned it into a confused obligation