Exciting to be part of BT Sport's cricket coverage - Greg James

Greg James will front the cricket show on BT Sport
Greg James will front the cricket show on BT Sport
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BT Sport's cricket presenter Greg James said he is excited to front the channel's cricket coverage along with the expert panel of former cricketers.

BT Sport holds the rights for all the Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals played in Australia while they will also be broadcasting T20 Big Bash League, the Women’s Big Bash League and the Women’s Ashes series.

James, who is also BBC Radio 1 presenter and co-host of Not Just Cricket on BBC Radio 5 live will be hosting England cricketers Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen along with former captain Ricky Ponting for the ongoing Test series between South Africa and Australia.

The 30-year-old said he had no hesitation to take the opportunity when presented to him.

“When I was asked to do the show, I don’t think I have ever said yes to anything quicker. It’s one of things we have started to do on the 5 live cricket show," said James in a Cricket World Interview in association with ESPNCricinfo and The Cricket Paper.

"Keeping sure the situation of the game and ensure you get those analysis and stats and also the expertise and making sure it is enjoyable and good fun to watch."

James also revealed he was inspired by the TMS radio broadcast of the cricket coverage and credited BT Sport for their effort to provide comprehensive coverage to all the viewers.

"It has been inspired by the TMS – the greatest radio broadcast of all time. It is full of fans, nerds, casuals and it’s for everybody.

"It is great for BT saying 'We want to make it for everybody'. It is nothing against anyone has done before. I think what Sky do is incredible as well with a lot of different kind of stuff."

James, whose parents were both teachers played cricket for Hertfordshire Under-18 team. However, he said he was not mentally tough enough to take his career forward.

"My passion for cricket came from my dad. He took me to see a lot of games and I started playing around nine. We used to go and watch Essex, Surrey and Worcestershire in the 90s when they were winning the Benson & Hedges Cup.

"At an early age I was playing all the time, cutting the grass in the garden to ensure the wicket is fine, rolling and covering the pitch for rain. All of it was basically my childhood.

"I was also a first-class captain in my school. I didn’t realise you need to be mentally tough apart from being physically good. I wasn’t prepared mentally for it."

Watch the first Test of the Australia v South Africa series exclusively live on BT Sport 3 from 2am on Thursday 4th November. BT Sport is your new home for Australia's home international matches and Big Bash League, including the much-anticipated Ashes Test Series against England in 2017/18.

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