Here come the Ashes

cricket-ballSBS begins its coverage of the 2009 Ashes Test Series and One Day International series tomorrow, live from Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, at 7.30pm (AEST).

Test spin-bowler, Stuart MacGill leads the presentation, joined by Greg Matthews and Damien Martyn. Fast bowler Rodney Hogg will be on the ground in the UK, reporting pitch-side.

SBS’s free-to-air Ashes coverage also includes morning updates at 7am after each match day and daily highlights at 5pm for the first two tests and 5.30pm for the remaining three tests.

SBS will also host an comprehensive website at featuring an interactive scoreboard with live scores and text commentary, video clips of every wicket, batting graphs, run charts, teams lists, player profiles and statistics. It includes the latest news, image galleries, extended video highlights for each day’s play, interviews, Ashes flashback clips, exclusive blogs, online polls and an Ashes fantasy game.

For cycling fans regular Tour de France updates will be provided during the Ashes broadcast.


  1. Norma Alexander

    Hello Team,
    Well done on the commentary, excellent from all of you.
    You all seem to be in agreeance that Clarke’s batting was not only slow but insufficient but how long does it take Mike Hussey to “get in the groove” and start putting bat to ball??
    One day cricket, especially in the situation when Hussey came out when Australia had a low run rate and plenty of wickets in hand, means that the player has to give it his all, at the moment Hussey seems intent on trying to score any runs he can as safely as possible – if that is his mentality why is he in the one day side?
    Norma Alexander

  2. Boys ….Stewie, Damien & Greg ….. As an opening bowler I would be very unhappy with Prior’s technique as a first class keeper!! the amount of balls he takes at ankle height or worst still on the half volley particularly inthe first 3 Tests is unacceptable. In my experiance most nicks take pace off the ball so how does the English team expect to rely on the caught behind as a full proof form of dissmisal with this keeping action and even better question how has he been allowed to get away with continuing such a basic keeping error!!?? Not that I care being an Aussie…… but I am a purist so it bugs me!!! what are your thoughts on this issue!? Leah Donaghy. Vic. Australia

  3. Enjoy the cricket commentry, but why do the cameras constantly go to Ponting
    when the Aussies are in the field and bowling. There are 10 other Aussies
    playing too! How about we get a look at them instead of chewing Ponting!

  4. Congratulations to Stuie McGill on an excellent and professional commentary for his maiden host presentation…..with good support from Martyn and Matthews…well done SBS and Stuie.

  5. Both SBS and Fox Sports will be taking the feed from Sky Sports in the UK (Fox Sports and Sky Sports are part-owned by News Corporation), so it will be interesting to see how picture and commentary quality turn out in the next two months.

  6. Cricket in 720p, SBSs first HD programming. Will be interesting to see the quality. Many people think it’s going to be terrible but they might surprise us.

  7. thumbs up for greg matthews, always been screwed over. on the field by greg chappell, then alan border. then screwed over in the grandstand box by jim maxwell. good to see sbs continuing with him.

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