The Ashes
The Ashes.

Sony Pictures Sports Network India will be broadcasting The Ashes 2021/22 series in four different languages as Australia host England to resume their rivalry.

Apart from the regular feed of English and Hindi, commentary panels have been added for Tamil and Telugu as well for the upcoming high-voltage series.

The first Ashes Test is slated for Brisbane from December 8. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth are slotted to host the next four Tests.

The much-awaited series will be broadcast live on the Sony Six (English), Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) and Sony Ten 4 (Tamil and Telugu) channels and on its on-demand OTT platform, SonyLIV.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root.
Ben Stokes, Joe Root. Image-Twitter

The Hindi commentary panel features prominent names such as Vivek Razdan, Saba Karim, Atish Thukral, Raman Bhanot, Snehal Pradhan, and Reetinder Singh Sodhi.

The Tamil commentary panel includes former cricketers Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Woorkeri Raman along with Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, T. Arasu, S. Seshadri, Arun Venugopal, Aarti Sankaran and Sunil Viswanathan. The Telugu commentary team comprises Keerthi Viswanadha, Prem Sagar, Vijay Mahavadi, Sudheer Mahavadi, RJ Hemant, Venkatapathy Raju, C Venkatesh, Vijay Mahavadi and Sandeep Kumar.

Australia are the current holders of the urn, having retained it in the England two years ago with a 2-2 draw, after having won it in the 2017 home series with a 4-0 scoreline.

Pat Cummins named Australia’s 47th Test captain, Steve Smith his deputy

On Friday, Cricket Australia announced pacer Pat Cummins as the 47th Australian Test captain with Steve Smith his deputy. Tim Paine had resigned from the captaincy last week in light of the emergence of his lewd messages to a female co-worker.

Cummins, the world’s No.1 ranked Test bowler, is the first specialist fast bowler to be named Australia’s Test skipper after Ray Lindwall for a one-off Test in 1956.

Pat Cummins, Steve Smith
Pat Cummins, Steve Smith. (Photo: ICC)

“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer. I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim (Paine) has given the group in the past few years,” Pat Cummins said. 

“With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent coming through we are a strong and tightly knit group. This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”

Tim Paine, meanwhile, has also taken an indefinite leave of absence from all cricket and will miss the start of the Ashes, perhaps the whole series. Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are the front-runners to replace Paine.

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