Australia news July 2, 2014

England-India games to be telecast in Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Viewers in Australia will be able to watch India's tour of England, which comprises five Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international, on Fox Sports. The match between the MCC, led by Sachin Tendulkar, and a Rest of the World XI, led by Shane Warne, on July 5 will also be telecast. New Zealand's tour of England next summer, which includes two Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 game, are also part of the deal.

Fox Sports' enthusiasm for cricket had waned when it lost rights to last summer's Big Bash League to Ten Network. The recent England-Sri Lanka series was the first time an England home series had not been seen on cable TV in Australia since 2002, causing what can be termed a fair degree of outcry among cricket followers in the country.

The TV rights for series not involving the country of the broadcaster are generally inexpensive, and the digital multi-channels for Ten, Nine and Seven free-to-air networks were believed to have shown some interest before Fox Sports decided to pick up the rights for the England-India games.