Ponting, McGrath spearhead Channel 7 commentary panel for India series

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As the Men in Blue take to the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday, November 21, to kick-start their two-month tour Down Under with the first game of the three-match T20 International bilateral series, Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath will spearhead the panel of former Australian cricket stars in the Channel 7 commentary box.

The “New Home for Cricket in Australia”, which ended the four-decade-old Channel 9 reign on Australian cricket with a $ 450 million joint bid with Fox Cricket, Seven has warmed up in style for its first major assignment for the summer Down Under.

Former Australian opener Michael Slater joins Damien Fleming, Simon Katich and Brad Hodge in the Seven commentary panel that also features Bruce McAvaney, Lisa Sthalekar, Dirk Nannes, James Brayshaw Andy Maher, Mel McLaughlin and Abbey Gelmi.

The Channel Seven-Fox Cricket promotional video for the series featuring its commentary panel, however, has invited the wrath of some leading cricketing voices in the country for its content.

News.com.au has termed the ad featuring Ponting, McGrath and other leading faces in the Seven commentary panel as “awkward”.  The report states that the “cricket legends featuring in the ad are the real victims as Aussie sport commentators are crying foul of the promotion designed to show-off Seven’s world class commentary team and its free-to-air coverage of the Aussie summer of cricket.”

In defence, Seven has reportedly launched another promotional video on its social media platforms, showing the same panel of commentators in a bid to do some damage control for “Australia’s New Home Of Cricket”.

India will play three T-20 Internationals, four Tests and three one-day international matches between November 21 and January 18.

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