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In keeping with a 2021-22 Summer of Cricket that promises to be the greatest ever, the Seven Network has unveiled the most star-studded commentary team ever assembled, a line-up brimming with internationally acclaimed icons, on and off the field.
With Test cricket’s greatest rivalry, Australia v. England, set to take centre stage this summer, two of the most celebrated figures in Ashes’ history – legendary England all-rounder Lord Ian Botham and Australia’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, Ricky Ponting – will lead the live and free coverage on Seven.
Lord Botham is not the only globally renowned Englishman joining Seven this season. Also adding a distinctively British flavour to the coverage will be much-loved actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, 2019 Ashes fast-bowling hero Jofra Archer, ex-Test player and leading commentator David “Bumble” Lloyd, and charismatic former star off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Across an action-packed summer when an electrifying new Big Bash League season will also have fans on the edge of their seats, these big names are just the start of Seven’s formidable on-air line-up.
A who’s who of former on-field stars and fan favourites will also return to cricket’s #1 team in 2021-22, including Damien Fleming, Simon Katich, Mel McLaughlin, James Brayshaw, Lisa Sthalekar, Greg Blewett, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Trent Copeland, Tim Lane, Alison Mitchell, Callum Ferguson, Abbey Gelmi, Jason Richardson, Andy Maher, Alister Nicholson and Erin Holland.
They will be joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel, while current Big Bash stars Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Andre Russell and Ashton Agar will be regulars on Seven’s live and free BBL coverage.
With a Test rivalry dating back to 1877, cricket’s oldest foes, Australia and England, have produced some of sport’s most memorable moments in their eternal battle for the treasured Ashes urn.
This summer, fans can look forward to more unforgettable Ashes action as the Aussies square off with England over a full five-match Test series, live and free on Seven.
From the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on 8 December, Lord Botham will be part of cricket’s premier commentary team for all five Ashes Tests, as will the game’s most astute commentator, Ponting.
Three days before the Test series begins, a new season of the Big Bash League kicks off on Seven – and it promises to be the best yet.
BBL 11 will start with a bang next Sunday, 5 December, on a blockbuster day of live and free sport that also includes the Repco Bathurst 1000. Soon after Seven’s coverage of Australian motorsport’s biggest race winds up, reigning BBL champions Sydney Sixers will take on their fiercest rivals, Melbourne Stars, at the SCG from 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.
This epic season-opener launches six straight nights of BBL on Seven, each one featuring a prime-time blockbuster.
Across the 2021-22 summer, fans will again enjoy 45 games live and free on Seven, including all five finals.
On 18 days of the season, live and free BBL matches will follow stumps in the Ashes series, including five mega days featuring back-to-back Big Bash clashes on top of a full day’s play in the Australia v. England Test showdown.
The regular season BBL fixture concludes at the earlier date of 19 January, with the finals series beginning on Friday, 21 January, with the BBL 11 champions crowned in the all-important Final on Friday, 28 January.