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.

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  • Keith on July 3, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Yay! As an English fan in Australia, sitting at CricInfo watching the commentary, and waiting to see OUT or FOUR to find out what was going on all the time was getting a bit wearying, although at least I was asleep during the conclusions of the two Sri Lankan tests. That would not have been nice...

  • Fazal on July 3, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    With so many popular winter sports like Rugby Union, Rugy League, AFL being played at this time of the year in Australia I wonder how many are going to watch the India versus England cricket series on Foxtel? Also the majority don't subscribe to pay tv. The time difference between Australia and England no doubt will easliy facilitate the telecast at night time. However it is very encouraging to note that cricket is back on TV.

  • Brett on July 3, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    I'm glad that they are showing it but this should have been a given. The only reason to get Foxtel is for live sport and after years of showing England's summer of cricket they took it away and for what? Nothing. They had nothing on in the last few weeks when they could have shown the Sri Lanka series.

    Well at least it's on TV now and i can stop watching it on low quality webstreams. Cook stumbling over his own mediocre captaincy deserves to be seen in HD.

  • Prasanna on July 3, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Not sure anyone down-under is interested with an Eng-ind series. Will be happy if either team is thrashed , but i would lean more towards Eng !! Go Eng !!!

  • David on July 2, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    @parvinder7 - foxtel is not free! This is Australia's subscription TV service. Almost all the overseas Australian tours are on foxtel. Only the home matches and the Ashes are on free TV. I guess half for free is better than none!

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    parvinder7 - please try to understand what you're talking about before commenting. The article clearly states the series will be shown on Foxtel, as have all previous international series not involving Aus. Foxtel is not free, and the sports package costs extra. So I don't know what you're talking about

  • parvesh on July 2, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    i dont know how there can be outcry in a country which shows cricket for free. Try pay 40-50 pound in england to watch india play.

  • Luke on July 2, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Great news! Very disappointed to have missed the Sri Lanka series. Glad Foxtel have made the right call in televising the Eng v Ind series.

  • sfsdf on July 2, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    foxtel have treated its loyal cricket fans with contempt so glad they finally heard our angry voices.

  • Gordon on July 2, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Finally!! Fox Sports Australia is usually fantastic at covering most international cricket, but lately they've dropped the ball. They failed to show some first sessions at all in the Windies/NZ series just gone, but this is good news. Why don''t they use the red button anymore???!!

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