Fox Cricket

Fox Cricket is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening cricket (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 17 September 2018.[1]

Fox Cricket
Fox Cricket Logo
Launched17 September 2018
Owned byFox Sports Pty Limited
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganCricket Like Never Before
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
ReplacedFox Sports 501
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports
Fox Footy
Fox League
Fox Sports News
Availability
Satellite
FoxtelChannel 501 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Channel 444 (4K)
Cable
FoxtelChannel 501 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Optus TVChannel 501 (SD)
Channel 206 (HD)
IPTV
Foxtel NowChannel 501
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 501
Kayo SportsChannel 501

History

In April 2018, Fox Sports came to a six-year agreement with Cricket Australia that expanded their previous coverage of cricket on the Foxtel platform. This deal formed a part of Cricket Australia's six year overall coverage deal which also includes free to air coverage by Channel Seven.[2]

In early May, Foxtel announced the upcoming creation of a dedicated channel, Fox Cricket, featuring the entire Australian Summer of international cricket from 2018 and 2019 including tests, one day matches and T20 matches as well as the Big Bash Leagues and World Cups.[3] The channel debuted on 17 September 2018, with the 2018 Caribbean Premier League final being the first live match broadcast.

Programming

Event coverage

Sports programming on Fox Cricket includes the following:[4]

Special events

News and analysis programming

Fox Cricket will air several studio shows including the programs listed below:[5]

  • B4 The Bash! (2018–present)
  • Come In Spinner (2018–present)
  • Crash The Bash (2016–present)
  • Cricket 360 (2018–present)
  • Cricket A.M. (2018–present)
  • Cricket Legends (2015–present)
  • Fox Cricket Classics (2018–present)
  • Tea For Two (2018–present)
  • Test Cricket Live On Fox (2018–present)
  • Test Day (2018–present)
  • The Big Break (2018–present)
  • The Cricket Tragic (2018–present)
  • The Night Watchmen (2018–present)

Personnel

Media outlets announced a number of key hosting and commentary personnel in the lead up to the 2018-19 cricket season.[6][7][8][9][10]

Network personalities and the media attended the launch for Fox Cricket on 9 October 2018. Further key hosting personnel were announced, in addition to new programming for the forthcoming summer.[5]

Hosts

Test Cricket Live On Fox

The Big Break

Tea For Two

Come In Spinner

Cricket 360

Test Day

B4 The Bash!

Cricket Legends

  • Robert 'Crash' Craddock (2015–present)

Cricket A.M.

Crash The Bash

  • Lee Carseldine (2016-present)

Fox Cricket Classics

The Cricket Tragic [11]

The Night Watchmen [12]

  • James 'The Professor' Rochford (2018-present)
  • Andrew 'Barney' Barnett (2018-present)
  • Sam Taunton (2018-present)
  • Kath Loughnan (2018-present)

Commentators

Presenters

  • Megan Barnard (Reporter)
  • Jim Callinan (Host)
  • Sarah Jones (Host)
  • Kath Loughnan (Host, Reporter)
  • Neroli Meadows (Host, Reporter)
  • Jessica Yates (Host)

See also

References

  1. ^ Bayley, Cameron (16 August 2018). "Beginner's Tour: Cricket Events You Don't Want to Miss". Foxtel Insider. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Martin (13 April 2018). "What cricket's rights deal means for fans". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Foxtel and Fox Sports to become the home of cricket". Foxtel Insider. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, Martin (13 April 2018). "CA announces new broadcast deal". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Cricket Like Never Before Arrives On Foxtel". Fox Sports. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  6. ^ "All commentators signed by Seven, Fox Sports so far". Cricket Australia. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Brett Lee And Kerry O'Keeffe Join Fox Sports' Cricket Revolution". Fox Sports. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Andrew Symonds and Mark Howard join Fox Cricket's new line up". Fox Sports. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Fox Cricket takes shape". Fox Sports. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Fox Cricket Signs Mitchell Johnson". Fox Sports. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  11. ^ "What's the Buzz: Saint, Sinner, Shoosh". Daily Telephraph. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  12. ^ "What's the Buzz: Saint, Sinner, Shoosh". Daily Telephraph. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

External links

2018–19 JLT One-Day Cup

The 2018 JLT One-Day Cup was the 50th season of the official List A domestic cricket competition in Australia. It was played over a four-week period at the start of the domestic season to separate its schedule from the Sheffield Shield season. The tournament was held in Townsville, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Fox Cricket broadcast 13 matches from the tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season

The 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season or WBBL|04 was the fourth season of Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), the semi-professional women's Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Australia. The tournament ran from 1 December 2018 to 26 January 2019.The two semi-finals, held at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on 19 January 2019, ended in what were described as "miracle finishes"; in the first match, Brisbane Heat eliminated Sydney Thunder, and then defending champions and minor premiers the Sydney Sixers eliminated the Melbourne Renegades.In the final held on 26 January 2019, also at Drummoyne Oval, Brisbane Heat beat Sydney Sixers by 3 wickets (with 4 balls to spare) to win its maiden title.

ANT1 Pacific

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Allan Border Medal

Awarded during the Australian Cricket Awards, the Allan Border Medal is considered to be the most prestigious individual prize in Australian men's cricket. First awarded in 2000, the medal is named after former Australian men's captain Allan Border and recognises the most outstanding male Australian cricketer of the past season as voted by his peers, the media and umpires. Votes are cast after each game on a 3–2–1 basis, with a weighting applied to give both One Day International and Test players an equal chance of winning the award.

Big Bash League

The Big Bash League (BBL) is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, and features eight city-based franchises instead of the six state teams which had participated previously. The competition has been sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC since its inception. It is one of the two T20 cricket leagues, alongside the Indian Premier League, to feature amongst the top ten domestic sport leagues in average attendance.

BBL matches are played in Australia during the southern hemisphere summer, in the months of December, January and February.

Out of the eight teams in the tournament, six have won the title at least once. The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the league's short history, winning the title three times including consecutively for two years and have reached the final of the tournament in five of the eight seasons. The other five teams which have won the title are the Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. The current champions are the Melbourne Renegades.

Before 2014, the top two teams in the tournament used to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. It was an annual international Twenty20 competition played between the top domestic teams from various nations, which became defunct after the 2014 tournament.

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Fox Footy

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Fox League

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Fox Sports (Australia)

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Fox Sports in Australia differs from other Fox Sports-branded channels in the United States and elsewhere around the world in that it is not owned by Fox Corporation, but by Foxtel. Both companies nonetheless remain under the control of the Murdoch family, as Foxtel is majority-owned by the Murdoch-controlled News Corp Australia.

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Isa Guha

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Mitchell Johnson (cricketer)

Mitchell Guy Johnson (born 2 November 1981) is a former Australian cricketer, who played all forms of the game until his retirement from international cricket in 2015. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He made his Test debut for Australia in November 2007. He is considered to be one of the best fast bowlers Australia has ever produced.

Johnson was awarded the International Cricket Council's Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2009. After suffering a drop in form that led to his removal from the national side in early 2013, he was particularly successful in his 'comeback' to the Australian Test squad during the 2013–14 Ashes series in Australia, during which he dominated against England's batting. He then went on to cement his place in the Australian side in the following Test series against South Africa and was rewarded with his second Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and first ICC Test Player of the Year award in 2014. He played a key role in the semi-final and final matches of the 2015 World Cup, which ultimately culminated in Australia winning the World Cup for the fifth time.

Johnson retired from all forms of international cricket in November 2015, having represented Australia in a total of 256 matches. He was the last active Australian player with a Test cap number in the 300s. In terms of time span, Johnson is also the quickest bowler to reach 150 Test wickets, doing so in 2 years and 139 days.In August 2018, Johnson announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He is currently a commentator for the JLT Cup and Big Bash League on Fox Cricket.

Nick Jr. (Australia)

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Sports broadcasting contracts in Australia

This article refers to the sports broadcasting contracts in Australia. For a list of other country's broadcasting rights, see Sports television broadcast contracts.

Certain sporting events are protected by Australia's Anti-siphoning laws which means free-to-air television broadcasters have the chance to bid on protected events before pay television.

The Night Watchmen (TV series)

The Night Watchmen is an Australian sports television show broadcast on Fox Cricket on Friday or Saturday nights at the conclusion of the nights Big Bash League fixture. The show is co-hosted by James "The Professor" Rochford and Andrew "Barney" Barnett, who are each week joined by a cricket personality. The show takes a satirical look at controversies and issues in cricket.

The show is a spin-off of the Fox League program The Professor's Late Hit that airs throughout the NRL season.

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