Last minute negotiations seal live coverage October 1, 2004

Fox Sports secures India Test series deal

Australia's Test series against India will be shown on live television following an 11th-hour TV rights deal.

Fox Sports said it had finalised its rights to show direct telecasts of the four-match series, starting in Bangalore next Wednesday.

The telecast - and the series itself - had been in jeopardy because of a legal battle over TV contracts.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) completed a deal overnight which effectively froze out both initial bidders - Zee Telefilms and the Disney-Murdoch owned ESPN-Star Sports.

Live feeds of the matches will now be provided by TEN Sports, with distribution and marketing handled by the BCCI's old television partner Doordarshan.

Fox Sports will pick up the feed for exclusive live telecasts in Australia, which will be hosted by Brendon Julian, the former Test allrounder.