Mark Nicholas

Cricket presenter for Channel Nine in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK

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Shai Hope: the real deal

Hope, Headingley: a miracle

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

Shai Hope brought up his maiden Test hundred after tea

England v West Indies, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Special stand takes West Indies away from humiliation toward exultation

Modern West Indies sides face a daily struggle to regenerate the folklore scripted between the eras of Frank Worrell and Viv Richards, but Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope helped rectify that in Leeds

Is night time the right time?

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

While Joe Root's strike bowlers were in fine fettle, Faf du Plessis had to grapple with the absence of key players

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

James Anderson produced a three-wicket burst from the James Anderson End

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

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

Ben Stokes celebrates his century

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval, 2nd day

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