Fox Cricket

I think we have been saying that the last 5 years lol.

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Quite often these packages include matches that broadcasters may not be particularly interested in (can’t imagine that Bangladeshi cricket would attract many viewers locally outside of against a couple of nations)

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England great Michael Vaughan has gone public with his stress-related health battle after fighting it in secret for months.

He first struggled when he could not get out of bed at a golf tournament at the famous St Andrews in Scotland, and his health reached a new low at the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne six months ago.

Having hoped a summer in Australia would help his ailing condition, Vaughan was instead “absolutely exhausted” and unable to even walk his usual beach trails.

“On Boxing Day, I went to cover the Test between Australia and Pakistan, and I couldn’t lift the microphone,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“Matthew Weiss, the man in charge at Fox Sports, said ‘you’re going straight to hospital’.”

Vaughan remained behind the mic for the Sydney Test and said he “put up a front for a long time”, trying to hide his struggles from colleagues let alone viewers.

Vaughan eventually learned he had developed a stress-related inflammatory condition, and the various treatments to that point had in fact slowed his illness.

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The full WBBL|10 fixture will be released next Tuesday (July 9) following by BBL|14 fixture three days later.

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WBBL|10 fixture was released today.

While the second half of the new WBBL season has been scheduled around men’s international fixtures, there will be some dates where the two overlap.
Sunday November 10: Sixers v Thunder (1.40pm AEDT) and Australia v Pakistan 3rd ODI (2.30pm AEDT)
Friday November 22: Heat v Stars (8.10pm AEDT) and Australia v India 1st test (1.20pm AEDT)
Sunday November 24: Scorchers v Hurricanes (8.30pm AEDT) and Australia v India 1st test (1.20pm AEDT)
Tuesday November 26: Heat v Sixers (8.05pm AEDT) and Australia v India 1st test (1.20pm AEDT)

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Again I’m left to wonder what Fox have against Mel Jones as Sky again have her as a lead caller on neutral men’s Tests.

Do they just feel that Isa is their token (as good as she is - one of the best in the world) female member of the team? Mel is world class and being left to rot on BBL and off-tube stream-quality WBBL games is nowhere near her level.

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I thought while she was on the CA board maybe she didn’t want to do it due to conflict of interest/other commitments but now I’m not quite sure.

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Ironically, Isa Guha is a member of the BBC’s commentary team for its TV coverage of this year’s Wimbledon.

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And a great host at that.

She called for Sky during Ashes though so it can’t be that conflict. And she’s only unofficially involved with the Sixers WBBL side so that doesn’t seem to be an issue.

It’s just an odd decision that they bring Howie in and don’t use Mel who is (not even objectively) a better Test caller.

I don’t know if she would want to leave Fox but I think she would be great addition to 7’s WBBL coverage since most of them worked together on 10. And even BBL

When Fox & 7 did their combined WBBL coverage during covid it was pretty good because the limited commentators weren’t split between the 2 broadcasters

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Mel would be a good addition to 7 on their Test coverage too, especially as Tim Lane nears retirement.

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The fixture for BBL|14 was released early this morning. It has been rejigged to allow Australian Test stars to play in the final three weeks of the regular season.

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