Seven’s massive week of sport


Bathurst 1000 from 10.30am Friday, BBL starts Sunday, The Ashes start Wednesday

Australia, start your engines, because one of the best-ever weeks of live and free sport awaits on the Seven Network, starting this Friday when our nation’s greatest motorsport event, the Repco Bathurst 1000, roars into action.

The Bathurst 1000 is the jewel in the crown of the world’s premier touring car championship, Supercars, and Seven will bring fans three full days of high-octane action from Mount Panorama.

Seven’s live and free coverage starts at 10.30am AEDT Friday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, and will feature the first twilight finish in Bathurst 1000 history, with the iconic 161-lap race set to come to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday evening. Seven’s broadcast of the all-important final day at Mount Panorama starts at 8.30am AEDT Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The Bathurst 1000 is just the start of Sunday’s unmissable sporting action on Seven. Not long after the chequered flag has come down at Mount Panorama, an epic new season of Big Bash League will kick off, when the competition’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, take on bitter rivals Melbourne Stars at 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Three days later, Test cricket’s most revered contest, the Ashes, begins when the game’s oldest rivals, Australia and England, renew hostilities on day one of the much-anticipated First Test at the Gabba. Seven’s coverage begins at 10.00am AEDT next Wednesday, 8 December, on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The Repco Supercars Championship has been building all year to this week at Australian motorsport’s spiritual home, Mount Panorama, where recently crowned 2021 champion Shane van Gisbergen will look to cap a brilliant season with a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 victory alongside co-driver Garth Tander.

This Sunday, for the very first time on a free-to-air broadcast of the Bathurst 1000, fans in the capital cities won’t miss a second of the great race as Seven’s coverage continues uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Seven’s Bathurst coverage will be led by a star-studded commentary team featuring two of Australia’s premier sport broadcasters, Mark Beretta and Abbey Gelmi, along with rising star Jack Perkins, who will provide expert comments in between competing in the Bathurst 1000 alongside co-driver Will Brown.

Highly respected motorsport journalist Chris Stubbs will have all the latest from Pit Lane, while fan favourites Brad Hodge and Emma Freedman will bring viewers all the colour, excitement and atmosphere from Mount Panorama.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife will also be part of the telecast, while the ever-popular Mark Larkham will report from Pit Lane.

It’s already been a massive year of sport on Seven, but this week should be the biggest yet.

The Bathurst 1000 is without question the pinnacle of Australian motorsport and Seven will bring fans all the very best action from Mount Panorama across three full days of adrenaline-charged live and free racing, starting from this Friday.

When Supercars’ thrilling 2021 season finishes on Sunday evening, the Summer of Cricket takes over straight away. An electrifying new season of BBL kicks off on Sunday night with a blockbuster Sixers v. Stars clash, then Test cricket’s ultimate contest, the Ashes, gets underway next Wednesday at the Gabba. Strap yourself in now because this is just the start of the hottest summer ever on Seven.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Seven’s invincible all-star cricket team


The Ashes and BBL live and free on Your Home of Cricket

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.

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Lord Ian Botham joins Seven’s Summer of Cricket

By 7SPORT, Kickstart 2022, SEVEN, SPORT

Cricket’s #1 commentary team just got even better, with the Seven Network adding one of the game’s all-time greats – Lord Ian Botham – to its illustrious line-up for what is already shaping as an unforgettable 2021-22 season.

The straight-talking former England Test captain, and one of the best-ever all-rounders with 5,200 test runs and 383 wickets, will join Seven for all five Tests in Australia’s blockbuster Ashes series against England, when the two teams go head-to-head in cricket’s oldest rivalry.

From the opening day of the first Test at The Gabba on 8 December, Lord Botham – who still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by any England bowler – will be part of Seven’s unrivalled team that will again be led by cricket’s most astute commentator, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

In a summer when cricket’s greatest-ever rivalry takes centre stage right here on Australian shores, we are going all out to assemble an all-star commentary team.

One of the legendary cricketers of the modern era, Australia has oft despised, sometimes loved, occasionally laughed with, but always respected ‘Beefy’. It’s truly an honour to welcome Lord Botham to Seven this summer.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

Seven will announce full details of its Summer of Cricket coverage in the coming weeks.

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Unbelievable India in Test series for the ages


2020-21 Test coverage reaches 10.8 million

In one of the greatest victories in Test history, India has ended Australia’s 33-year unbeaten streak at the Gabba to win the series 2-1 and take home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the last day of the Fourth Test reaching 3.68 million people and peaking at 1.8 million.

Seven’s coverage of the entire 2020-21 Australia-India Test series reached 10.8 million, with all five days’ play at the Gabba reaching 6.35 million people and peaking at 1.7 million.

As an injury-depleted India fearlessly defied Australia’s star-studded attack to chase down a history-making target of 328 on a tense final day, Seven recorded an average audience of 1.12 million viewers nationally for the third session and 735,000 in the capital cities. All three sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The total average national audience across the Fourth Test was 727,000 viewers, up 11% on the 2018-19 SCG Test between Australia and India, while the capital city audience was 491,000, up 10%.

BBL blockbuster on Channel 7 and 7mate
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, 7.00pm AEDT

The BBL action continues on Seven at 7.00pm AEDT tonight, when the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars face off in a crucial clash at Marvel Stadium.

Source: OzTAM (Metro) and RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Network National Reach estimate based on a minimum of 1 minute of Seven’s Cricket Test viewed. Peak minute audience: Metro + Regional. Dominated timeslot in metro markets. Source: OzTAM (Metro), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Comparison to 2018/19 Aus v India Test average national audience on Seven Network. Day 5 includes overrun on Seven to 6.40pm. Data: Overnight (Prelim D5 2021).

Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Legendary trio dissect Summer of Cricket


Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Join three of cricket’s all-time greats – Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara – as they discuss all of the game’s burning issues in a fascinating discussion ahead of a spectacular Summer of Cricket on the Seven Network.

Having recently signed with Seven’s #1 cricket team, Gavaskar and Lara joined the game’s best commentator, Ponting, for a wide-ranging conversation centred around this summer’s four-match Australia-India Test series and BBL 10, which blasts off this Thursday at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

It’s a rare audience with three of the game’s biggest legends that no cricket fan will want to miss – live now @7Cricket.

Seven’s Summer of Cricket

BBL 10
Kicks off 10 December

The season opens on 10 December when the Hobart Hurricanes take on the BBL’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, at Blundstone Arena, at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

This is the first of eight live and free games in seven days as the new BBL season explodes from the blocks on Seven.

Australia v India Test series
First Test, Adelaide Oval 17-21 December

The much-anticipated battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy begins with the First Test at Adelaide Oval next Thursday, 17 December, at 2.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

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January Cricket Schedule


January Week 1

Sunday Jan 3
BBL Game 26: Adelaide v Sydney Sixers

Monday Jan 4
BBL Game 27: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 5
BBL Game 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers

Wednesday Jan 6
BBL Game 30: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 7
New Year Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 31: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder
BBL Game 32: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Friday Jan 8
New Year Test – Day 2: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 9
New Year Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 34: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder

January Week 2

Sunday Jan 10
New Year Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 35: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat

Monday Jan 11
New Year Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 36: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars

Tuesday Jan 12
BBL Game 37: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes

Wednesday Jan 13
BBL Game 38: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 14
BBL Game 39: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades

Friday Jan 15
4th Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 40: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers

Saturday Jan 16
4th Test – Day 2: Australia v India

January Week 3

Sunday Jan 17
4th Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 42: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades

Monday Jan 18
4th Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 43: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes

Tuesday Jan 19
4th Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 44: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Wednesday Jan 20
BBL Game 45: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Thursday Jan 21
BBL Game 46: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Friday Jan 22
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 1: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 23
BBL Game 50: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers

January Week 4

Sunday Jan 24
BBL Game 52: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes

Monday Jan 25
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 2: Australia v India
BBL Game 53: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 26
BBL Game 55: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
BBL Game 56: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 28
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 3: Australia v India

Friday Jan 29
BBL FINALS – The Eliminator: 4th v 5th

Saturday Jan 30
BBL FINALS – The Qualifier: 1st v 2nd

Sunday Jan 31
BBL FINALS – The Knockout: 3rd v Winner of The Eliminator

The Front Bar - Cricket Edition

Front Bar pads up for two cricket specials


Don’t miss all the laughs on Channel 7 and 7plus 

Everyone’s favourite sports show has put the footy away and unwrapped a brand-new Kookaburra as The Front Bar turns its attention to the Seven Network’s Summer of Cricket with two special editions.

With a star-studded line-up headed by Mick Molloy, Andy Maher and Andy Lee, The Front Bar team will take the field this Thursday at 8.30pm, and back up at the same time next Thursday, 3 December.

Both specials will air nationally on Channel 7, with the team vowing to come off the long run as they tackle the burning issues ahead of the WBBL Finals, BBL 10 and the Aussie men’s blockbuster Test Series against India.

Front Bar skipper, Mick Molloy, said: “Footy season may be over but I’m still here at Channel 7 because I’ve refused to leave the studio, Donald Trump style.”

There will be plenty of tall tales this Thursday night when legendary Aussie spearhead Merv Hughes joins the team at the bar, while Australian Test captain Tim Paine will also be part of the fun.

Cricket on 7

BBL Schedule Revealed



Thursday, 10 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Friday, 11 December: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Saturday, 12 December: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes @ Blundstone Arena, 2:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Monday, 14 December: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Tuesday, 15 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 16 December: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Saturday, 19 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Sunday, 20 December: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades @ Manuka Oval, 6:10pm

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars @ Metricon Stadium, 8:20pm

Sunday, 27 December: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Monday, 28 December: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Tuesday, 29 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 30 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Thursday, 31 December: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm


Sunday, 3 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 4 January: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 5 January: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 6 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 7 January: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, TBC/6:10pm

Thursday, 7 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, TBC/9:20pm

Saturday, 9 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 10 January: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 11 January: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 12 January: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 13 January: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 14 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Friday, 15 January: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 17 January: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 18 January: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 19 January: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 20 January: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 21 January: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Saturday, 23 January: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 24 January: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 25 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/4:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:50pm

BBL finals fixture

Friday, 29 January: The Eliminator (4th v 5th)

Saturday, 30 January: The Qualifier (1st v 2nd)

Sunday, 31 January: The Knockout (3rd v Winner of The Eliminator)

Thursday, 4 February: The Challenger (Loser of The Qualifier v Winner of The Knockout)

Saturday, 6 February: The Final (Winner of The Qualifier v Winner of The Challenger)


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