Cricket returns to NINE for big winter of World Cup action and The Ashes

Mark Taylor and Ian Healy.
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Cricket returns to Nine, with the World Cup and The Ashes hosted by Wide World of Sports on Nine, GEM, and available for streaming on 9Now.

Starting on Thursday, May 30, at 7.00pm on GEM, Nine will deliver 53 nights of prime-time action: the ICC One Day International World Cup, the Women’s Ashes Series, and the Men’s Ashes Series, all broadcast LIVE from the UK.

Nine’s World Cup coverage will be hosted by Rebecca Maddern, former Australian captains Mark Taylor and Lisa Sthalekar, and Australian great Ian Healy.

The eyes of the world will be on the defending champions, Australia, who welcome back Steve Smith and David Warner. The team is in red-hot form as Australia searches for a record sixth World Cup title.

The commentary team will include heavyweights of world cricket such as influential Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly, two-time women’s World Cup winner Melanie Jones, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, experienced Nine broadcaster Mark Nicholas, all-time great fast bowler Wasim Akram, and former Australian and New Zealand captains Michael Clarke and Brendon McCullum.

The Women’s Ashes series commences on July 2 when the reigning champions, Australia, led by superstars Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry, head into enemy territory as the number one team in the world. This innovative series will include one test match, three ODIs, and three T20 contests to decide the ultimate victor.

Following this, one of the longest-running and fiercest rivalries in sporting history resumes, as the Australian men’s cricket team defend the iconic urn against England in the five-Test Ashes Series that begins on August 1, LIVE from the UK.