Airdate: First Test: Australia v New Zealand

Nine’s summer of cricket begins this Thursday withย First Test: Australia v New Zealand live from the Gabba.

The broadcast begins 10:30am AEDT and continues Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Wide World of Sports presents the opening test match between Australia and New Zealand, live from the Gabba. With a new Australian Test Captain at the helm, Michael Clark will be looking to draw first blood against the Blackcaps. Join Richie Benaud, Mark Nicholas, Bill Lawry, Tony Greig, Michael Slater, Ian Healy and Mark Taylor for all the action.

Guides also indicate Simon O’Donnell will host the lunchtime Cricket Show despite recent advice he would be stepping down for the AFL Sunday Footy Show.


  1. completely agree with you, err…Noodles. It’s only logical. Just make sure if they do, that’s it’s GO and not GEM since that doesn’t work on my foxtel satellite. The other time-friendly option is to watch the 2 hour highlights package on foxtel at the end of the days’s play. That said, there’s nothing better than Live test match cricket. Can’t wait!

  2. The other difference (and most significant one) is that Fox Sports stay with the cricket until it finishes. Until nine do that too – they will always be a poorer version.

    Ozzies suggestion (transfer to GEM or GO at news time) is good common sense approach that benefits the viewers – so I bet it won’t happen ๐Ÿ™

  3. @Michael…dumb il informed comment…keep it to yaself…Nein do cricket extremely well… if i do say so myself…oh and mate…alot of the camos that work on Nein cricket …do Foxtel stuff as well…so mate the only difference would be the commentators…

  4. No Ian Chappell by the looks of things either, or for that matter a visiting NZ Commentator? For me, it’s TV on mute and ABC Radio on except for Day 3 when I’ll be at The Gabba.

    And I guess the first poster is blinded by the lights so to speak, no-one cares about this 20 over comp or even 20 over cricket in general now that they realise just what it is.

  5. alastair nicholson

    And to think that in years past test cricket was seen as a major form of entertainment.
    I shudder when i think of those dark and horrible times of a youth wasted.

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