Summer of Cricket commentary team

Nine’s Summer of Cricket begins with The Ashes on Thursday, November 23 at The Gabba in Brisbane and the network has confirmed its commentary team for upcoming matches.

Bill Lawry will headline Melbourne’s Boxing Day Test and the New Year’s Day Test in Sydney in his 40th year of commentating for Wide World of Sports.

Joining Bill for Nine’s exciting Summer of Cricket will be Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Shane Warne.

Wide World of Sports will welcome former England skipper Michael Vaughan and star batsman Kevin Pietersen, both Ashes greats, to give their insights and opinions on the England team in their battle to retain The Urn.

And Mark Nicholas returns to host the five-Test 2017-2018 Magellan Ashes Series on the Nine Network.

With decades of playing and broadcasting experience, Nine has the leading commentary lineup to bring the fans every twist and turn in this scorching Aussie summer of international cricket.

After The Ashes, which includes the Adelaide and Perth Test matches, Nine’s Summer of Cricket continues into 2018 with the One Day International Series between Australia and England, and ends with a bang as New Zealand joins the fray for the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series.


  1. Well I for one like Mark Nicholas. I think he puts a bit of life into another wise dull commentary team. I also like Shane Warne because he tries to liven things up and has more of an insider view of the current teams and their play.

  2. I’ve said this before, but since the death of Richie and Tony it is like the game of cricket itself died. Like the actual game was replaced by something else entirely which isn’t cricket. The voice of summer has gone and so has the game. I know Channel Nine has no control over the lifespan of its commentators and perhaps I am being too nostalgic over this, but I stopped watching the cricket when there was no Richie or Tony. How many others did the same?

    • i hope so where I don’t have to put up with 9’s outdated commentary. 10’s commentary team (bar Andy Maher and Howie) are more entertaining to listen to than the boys at 9.

    • i would love to meet the person at 9 that thinks we have to have him for the cricket , and ask why is there no one in Australia that can do the job without swaying from side to side when on camera

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