Larger text size Very large text size The Nine Network's decision to screen the Ashes series almost exclusively on their free-to-air HD channel GEM caught out a portion the country's cricket-loving public on Wednesday night. And we are potentially set for more confusion next week when the jewel in the series' crown, the second Test from Lord's, begins. But don't fret - a humble TV antenna might be all you and other Australian viewers blindsided by Nine's broadcasting arrangements needs to solve the dilemma. And if you're a Victorian you might have to make a mercy dash north of the Murray to view the second day of the second Test in high-definition!
The commentary team itself includes even more big names, with Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Melanie Jones, Wasim Akram, and Michael Clarke included among those set to take you through every delivery of the action from these 18 games, should the newly added fixtures hold up.
The edition of the ICC World Cup is the 12th in the historic series, with the first delivery set to be bowled on May 30th. Taking place across England and Wales, the vast majority will kick off during prime-time viewing in Australia, and with all but seven matches to begin at 7.
Due to licensing agreement the World Cup of Cricket free to air coverage on Network Nine is limited to matches involving the Australian national team, select additional Group contests, as well as the semi-finals and finals. With Australia, India and New Zealand having a firm hold on the top three positions, this leaves host England in the unexpected position of having to win both of their remaining matches.
Should England falter, the Bangladesh Tigers , Sri Lanka Lions and Pakistan would be next in line to qualify for a trip to the Quarter-finals, so depending how things shake out some dates worth circling include June 28, June 29, July 1, July 2 and July 5.