Ten adds more cricketers to Big Bash team

Ten is expanding it’s Big Bash commentary teams ahead of the new season in December.

Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds, current Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann and former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum will join the commentary team for the 2016-17 KFC Big Bash League this December.

Symonds, Lehmann and McCullum, as well as returning crowd favourite Kevin Pietersen, will join regular expert commentators Adam Gilchrist AM, Ricky Ponting AO, Mark Waugh AM and Damien Fleming to complete an all-star line-up in the commentary box throughout the season.

Earlier this year Network Ten announced that multi-award-nominated presenter Roz Kelly will return to Australian television to co-host the broadcast alongside Adam Gilchrist this summer.
Network Ten Executive, Big Bash, David Barham, said: “The addition of Symonds, Lehmann and McCullum to Network Ten’s commentary team ensures that our coverage of the KFC Big Bash League will continue to be a first-class television experience for fans of all ages.

“Network Ten has the most exciting and contemporary cricket commentary team. To have the current Australian coach in the commentary box for the KFC Big Bash League is unprecedented for fans around the country and something that we are very much looking forward to.

“The KFC Big Bash League has gone from strength to strength on Network Ten over the past three years and we look forward to another bumper season this summer,” he said.

Network Ten is also thrilled to announce that Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh and Damien Fleming have re-signed with the Network until the completion of the 2017-18 season.

Between them, Adam, Mark, Damien and Ricky boast some of the highest accolades and records in international cricket. The former team-mates have proved popular with viewers and are looking forward to another season of explosive Big Bash cricket in less than two months’ time.

“To have Ricky, Adam, Mark and Damien on board for the next couple of years is a major coup for Network Ten,” Mr Barham said.

“They have all made a major contribution to the success of the BBL on free-to-air television and have proved exceptionally popular with viewers.

“We cannot wait for the 2016-17 KFC Big Bash League season to start. With some big player movements and international signings, this year will see the best line-up of on-field talent ever assembled. Fans are in for a treat come December,” he said.

A bumper schedule will see 35 matches played in 40 days, including four double-headers. With all 35 matches to be broadcast in prime time, live and exclusive on TEN or ONE, fans will not miss a minute of the action.

The KFC Big Bash League will return to Network Ten on 20 December.