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BBC Sport to offer summer of cricket across TV, radio and online

BBC Sport to offer summer of cricket across TV, radio and online
BBC Sport to offer summer of cricket across TV, radio and online
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The BBC will bring an unmissable summer of cricket with extensive coverage across TV, radio and online. From live games to highlights, radio commentary to podcasts and online features and clips, cricket fans can keep across every minute of the cricket season.

2009 World Cup winner and internationally renowned broadcaster Isa Guha will present Today at the Test on BBC Two from 2 June, bringing all the latest Test match highlights to viewers at home every evening from 7pm. TV highlights will begin with England’s two match Test series against New Zealand, followed by further programmes throughout the summer months the men’s England’s Test series against India starting in August.

Throughout the Test highlights, Isa will be joined by BBC Cricket's lead analyst, former England Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan, England's record Test run-scorer Sir Alastair Cook and BBC Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. Award winning commentator Alison Mitchell, former England spinner Phil Tufnell and former England batter Mark Ramprakash will complete the TV highlights commentary team.

Live on BBC TV, there will be four T20 matches for fans to tune in for including the 2nd T20 against Sri Lanka on 24 June and the 2nd England v Pakistan T20 on 18 July.

Building on the success of last year and completing the top class live coverage will be two live women’s T20 games, the 3rd England v India T20 in July and the opening England v New Zealand T20 on 1 September.

The live T20 BBC team will include Isa Guha, Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Alison Mitchell and a host of special guests including Jimmy Anderson, Alex Hartley and Carlos Brathwaite.

T20 and ODI highlights will be available on BBC Two where 2009 World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent and the world's most successful Test cricket fast bowler Jimmy Anderson will take viewers through each highlight of the matches as England take on Sri Lanka and Pakistan. On BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Test Match Special will broadcast ball-by-ball commentary on all England’s men’s and women’s international games plus the inaugural World Test Championship Final.

Jonathan Agnew will lead the commentary team which includes Isa Guha, Simon Mann, Alison Mitchell, Daniel Norcross and Aatif Nawaz. Expert analysis will be provided by Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Sir Alastair Cook, Ebony Rainford Brent, Vic Marks, Alex Hartley, Tymal Mills, former Sri Lanka all-rounder Russel Arnold and former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney. T20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite will also return to the team this summer after his successful TMS debut last year. Award winning broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd will provide regular reports on BBC Radio 5 Live.

BBC iPlayer will have a host of highlights on offer, including the women’s Test and white ball games against India and their series against New Zealand, so viewers can relive the cricketing triumphs of the day.

Podcast offerings throughout the summer on BBC Sounds will include the Tuffers and Vaughan show and Tailenders with Greg James, Felix White and James Anderson. The fan favourite “No Balls” podcast, featuring England World Cup winner Alex Hartley and England bowler Kate Cross, will also come to the BBC offering a unique perspective on the game. The BBC TMS podcast will round up all the action after each day of international cricket.

On 21 July, The BBC will show the women’s opening game of The Hundred on BBC TV as well as both finals. Fans can tune into the inaugural competition on the BBC for 10 of the men’s game and up to 8 of the woman’s throughout the summer, as well as comprehensive coverage across radio and online.*

BBC Local Radio will provide coverage of every ball of men’s county cricket so listeners can follow the very latest action from the grounds across the UK.

The BBC Sport website and app will cover every international game via online reports, live text commentary, special features and in-play clips including the World Test Championship Final. Additionally, the BBC Sport website and app will offer ball-by-ball commentary of all County matches.

Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “We’re thrilled to bring a wealth of top class domestic and international cricket across BBC TV, radio and online to the nation this summer. With a mix of new cricket competition The Hundred along with Test cricket, T20s and ODIs we will deliver all of the twists and turns of the cricket season and bring fans straight to the heart of the action.”

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