Seven Cricket Coverage


Rubbish, what has killed the game is a combination of:

1 - too many games, across too many weeks.
2 - wickets being too bowler-friendly now, with a lack of big scores and big hitting.


It’s gone too long this season as everyone has mentioned. Started pre-Christmas and still a wee way off finishing. Feels a bit like the never-ending 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Ideally the best limited overs players should be available the whole way through rather than having to leave for Australia duty. Hard to juggle that though.


Any story anywhere about Foxtel and their success or lack there of, public comments?


At one point a few years back the Stars were getting 70k at the MCG and the Strikers were getting 40k plus at the Adelaide oval. There’s just no hype anymore for the competition. It has also been hard to follow on two networks. It wasn’t ready to go to pay tv. It’s only 8 years old. It needs free to air exclusive for the hour, build up and relevance.


Yeah. A few years ago, the Melbourne Derby had 80000 people at the mcg. As time Went by, crowds start to fall. In 2018-19 season, the average crowd declined significantly and this was due to the stupid seven/fox deal for the next 6 years. Sadly I am losing interest this season due to 2 reasons.

  • tournament too long,
  • my scorchers team is not playing well


I was in attendance that year. Was electric. Sad to see a rapid decline in hype this year


I thought u are a Stars fan


This evening 7mate showed the highlights of last week’s BBL match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder to fill in the two hours which was supposed to be the final session of the day/night test, before the live broadcast of Scorchers v Renegades.


While Seven & Fox don’t want the number of games to be reduced, they want CA to take measures to support the extended schedule (eg; increase the salary cap + the number of international marquee players each team can have)

This is probably the ‘key’ passage from the article:

Television ratings for the Big Bash this summer are exceeding both Seven and Fox’s expectations, but both rights holders fear for long-term sustainability unless immediate changes are made by CA at the end of this BBL season.


ESPNCricinfo has a report on the proposed changes to next season’s domestic schedule which is related to the article posted above. On the BBL, the report says:

…the likely structure for next season would feature seven rounds of the Sheffield Shield interspersed with a portion of the 50-over competition in the lead-up to Christmas, before the BBL begins as late as Boxing Day.
The T20 tournament would then be squeezed into a shorter timeframe than this season, albeit still concluding in mid-February, comfortably beyond the end of the school holidays at the end of January.

So next season we may see more doubleheaders in the BBL, even at least one tripleheader.


we may get a fuller picture tomorrow when the T20 World Cup schedule to be held in Australia in 2020 is announced as to where everything might fit ?


It is likely that the WBBL05 be played straight after the conclusion of the 2019 AFL Season. The WBBL05 will be played on the last day of November (which falls on a Saturday). I believe that the WNCL 18-19 may have to be taken on hiatus. So the T20 World Cup (Women’s) be played in February and will end on 8 March where the final will more likely to be played at the MCG.


I think the revamped WBBL schedule will mean more coverage on 7mate so it won’t interrupt broadcast of spring racing carnival on Seven/7TWO.

The women’s tournament is at the tail end of 2019/20 season while the men’s tournament is at the start of 2020/21 season, so the effects on domestic season scheduling is yet to be seen.


There was a tripleheader this season?
Sunday 13 January
Thunder versus Adelaide
Renegades versus Brisbane
Perth versus Sixers


Ashton Agar joined in commentary with Jim Wilson and Andy Maher for the scorchers v renegades match at Optus stadium.


Try again. That’s not Jim Wilson.


Brad Hodge!




ABC Radio’s Alister Nicholson is joining Seven’s commentary team for the second test between Australia and Sri Lanka, which starts in Canberra on Friday. He replaces Tim Lane.


Whats wrong with Tim Lane?