Commentator Nicholas recovering in hospital

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Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas is recovering in hospital after falling ill during the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan at the MCG.

The former Hampshire captain was taken for tests after suffering with abdominal pains on the opening day of the second Test in Melbourne.

English broadcaster Nicholas was said to be sweating prefusely as he was carried out of the commentary box, but was reported to be on the mend later in the day.

A Channel Nine spokeswoman said: "Mark is doing much better this evening [Monday] and is in good spirits.

"He wants to thank the MCG staff for all of their help, and the Channel Nine viewers and cricket community for their good wishes."