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Re: The Ashes 2017/18
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 19/10/2017 19:27
Jonathan Winsky
When it came to the Ashes, Sky used to send their own commentators and use their own graphics, so it will be interesting to see what BT do. Although I think the likes of Michael Vaughan and Graeme Swann are now BT pundits, I don’t see how BT have enough commentators or co-commentators to present their own in-game coverage, so unless anything changes in the coming weeks, I imagine that viewers will get the Channel 9 feed boosted by one, two or three commentators from BT

BT Sport have announced that they will send their own team of commentators to the Ashes. The team will consist of Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott, Graeme Swann, Alison Mitchell, Matt Smith, Ricky Ponting, Damien Fleming and Adam Gilchrist, so evidently no-one has defected from Sky. The remaining two questions that need answering are in regards to how popular BT’s coverage will be, and whether they will use their own graphics or use Channel 9’s graphics.

Despite not showing the Ashes, Sky will not be bereft of England coverage this winter, as their tour to New Zealand begins just three days after the end of the tour of Australia. England’s schedule this winter is a palindrome, as they will play (in the following chronological order) Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals in Australia and Twenty20 internationals, ODIs and Tests in New Zealand, so that will enable those involved in their limited-overs sides to work together for a two-month period between January and March.

Before all that, the Women’s Ashes will take place across three formats, beginning this Sunday, and I think the whole series will be live on BT.

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