“Nice to hear the dulcet tones of @AlisonMitchell on my first day of cricket listening for the summer. Tks @abcgrandstand for the coverage,” tweeted Shane Granger.

“I really like Alison Mitchell. She has always been good, but to see how she has worked and improved as a commentator in recent years is fantastic. She has the skill of knowing when not to say very much, which must be difficult to master when there’s a lot going on!,” Anthony Goodwin tweeted.

One of the biggest shake-ups has been its commentary line-up, which includes just one person, Michael Slater, who was part of the old Wide World of Sports team. Seven’s new line-up include Ricky Ponting, Mel McLaughlin, Damien Fleming, Michael Slater, Glenn McGrath, Alison Mitchell, James Brayshaw and Lisa Sthalekar, former captain of the Australian women’s team.

Seven has non-exclusive rights to all home Test matches and the majority of Big Bash League matches, while subscription TV business Foxtel has the rights to every ball bowled, including exclusivity over limited overs internationals, some BBL games and digital rights.

Seven, after losing the tennis, quickly moved to secure the free-to-air component of Cricket Australia’s rights deal for $82 million per year.

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