Fox Sports builds its own first eleven for next summer

• Waugh, Hussey, Jones, Vaughan and Guha join Gilchrist, Border and Julian at Fox Cricket

Fox Sports has welcomed five new commentators to the home of cricket in Australia as the network gears up to deliver the biggest and best cricket coverage ever.

Australian batting greats, Mark Waugh (pictured), “Mr. Cricket” Mike Hussey, and former Australian women’s star Melanie Jones will join Australia’s only dedicated cricket channel Fox Cricket.

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, and World Cup winner for England, Isa Guha, will also join the team as part of the network’s new lineup.

The announcement comes only weeks after Adam Gilchrist was confirmed as the face of Fox Cricket joining Allan Border and Brendon Julian to create the country’s most formidable cricket team.

Foxtel and Fox Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said, “We won’t just broadcast cricket – we will revolutionise it. We will give fans more of the game they love, on more platforms so they can watch when and how they want.

“This is more than pointing a camera, it’s about looking at every aspect of the game and finding new ways to deliver something better, something different, something special.

“That’s why we are assembling a commentary team like no other. With over 550 Tests, 1,200 ODIs and 75 T20s between them, this team will lead the biggest cricket broadcasting shake-up ever. And it will continue to grow.

“We have a big summer ahead. And we are charging toward it.”

Fox Sports head of television Steve Crawley said: “The first step in producing a truly revolutionary cricket broadcast is putting together the right team of on-camera talent.

“Fox Cricket will be about entertainment, fun, chemistry and testing the boundaries. It will honour the past and own the future.

“That’s where Adam Gilchrist, Isa Guha, Mike Hussey, Brendon Julian, Mark Waugh, Mel Jones, Allan Border and Michael Vaughan walk in. This is a world-class team.

“Isa Guha? It’s true, some Australians don’t know her but Isa will become a household name – she’s an international cricketer having represented England and a brilliant ball-by-ball caller.

“The others you know. It’s one hell of a lineup. And there is more to come.”

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