Fourteen weeks of hot competition await viewers in the Wide World of Sports international summer of cricket on Channel Nine.
Wide World of Sports will broadcast all the action from the Vodafone Test Series, Commonwealth Bank One-Day Series and KFC Twenty20 Internationals, beginning live on Nine this Thursday, December 1.
As Australian cricket goes through a rebuilding phase with a new coach, new selectors, new players, and Michael Clarke captaining his first home series, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka are lined up to do battle this summer.
The Vodafone Test Series opens the summer of cricket on Thursday at the Gabba in Brisbane when Australia and New Zealand meet, live from 10.30am AEDT. Australia will play two tests with New Zealand and four against India, including the historic Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
The KFC Twenty20 Internationals get underway with a double-header on February 1 when both the Australian men’s and women’s sides will be in action. First the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars play the New Zealand White Ferns in the women’s game live at 2.00pm, before Australia play India at 7.30pm.
The Commonwealth Bank Series of one-dayers between Australia, India and Sri Lanka starts four days later on February 5 and concludes on March 8.
The top names in the game will present Nine’s summer of cricket, led by the legendary Richie Benaud. The expert team joining him in the commentary box comprises Bill Lawry, Tony Greig, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas and James Brayshaw. Former Australian representative player Tom Moody will join Wide World of Sports’ live coverage of the One Day International series.
Star fast bowler Brett Lee will team up with Michael Slater for The Cricket Show which will appear live during lunch breaks in the Vodafone Test Series. The Cricket Show will include first-session recaps, player profiles, Master Classes, international and domestic updates, viewer emails, questions and feedback.
As well as the best commentary team in the business, the Nine Network, winner of the 2011 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Sports Broadcast, will have the latest in cricket broadcasting technology for the Wide World of Sports presentation.
Extreme Slo-Mo cameras, KFC Hotspot, Snicko, speed-gun, Bupa Eagle Eye and Heart Tracker will all return to give viewers the front-row, first-rate experience that makes the Wide World of Sports coverage unique.
This season, for the first time, viewers will be able to interact live with the cricket coverage – sharing their opinions and weighing in on debates with the commentary team in real time with the launch of Vodafone Viewers’ Verdict.