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A new sound of summer A new sound of summer

The evolution of cricket broadcasting in Australia is in safe hands with Signature Sports’ Gerard Whateley and Damien Fleming at the helm.

There’s no better way to spend summer than in the backyard with the barbeque sizzling and the sounds of Australian cricket humming from your television or radio.

While many Australian sport fans are sentimental about the recent change in cricket broadcasting line-ups –  who can forget the talent of the late Richie Benaud and Tony Greig, joined by Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell – a new sound of summer is here.

Debuting on 6 December 2018, Signature Sports’ Gerard Whateley and Damien Fleming spearheaded the cricket coverage on Foxtel, Channel Seven and SEN 1116 – embracing the responsibility and receiving wide-spread praise for their expertise.

Gerard captains the SEN radio cricket commentary team and is joined by Damien, Simon Katich, Aakash Chopra, Mel Jones, Anthony Hudson, Peter Lalor and stats guru Andrew Samson. Special guests also include Aussie coach Justin Langer, Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts, as well as David Saker, Brad Haddin and Graeme Hick.

As part of Foxtel’s delivery of more than 1000 hours of live coverage, Gerard also helped premier  CRICKET 360 with co-host Robert Craddock on 6 December.

After the success of Fox Footy’s AFL 360 – also starring Gerard – and Fox League’s NRL 360, the national summer game now enjoys its own version of the news and analysis format.

CRICKET 360 airs in line with the Test matches played throughout India’s tour of Australia, with 17 episodes scheduled over the 2018-19 summer.

Joining Gerard and Robert will be a rotating panel of the most respected opinions in the game, including Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Michael Vaughan, Mike Hussey and Isa Guha.

Foxtel CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “We won’t just broadcast cricket – we will revolutionise it.

“The biggest line up of cricket led by the best commentary team with the most in-depth opinion, analysis and entertainment, all in the one place.”

On Seven’s free-to-air coverage, Damien joins former Australian captain Ricky Ponting to call the men’s Tests, Commonwealth Bank women’s internationals, 43 of KFC BBL and 23 Rebel Women’s games.

Known as the “bowlologist” because of his theories and insights on the craft, Damien’s ‘Lunch with Flem’ segment has already attracted a league of fans.

Signature Sport is proud to have played a role in shaping the way cricket is now delivered to audiences across Australia. We wish the guys well, and know you will enjoy this new sound of summer as much as we do.


20 December 2018