Big Bash League

Sum­mer cricket with Roz Kelly

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Sports jour­nal­ist Roz Kelly returns to TV screens af­ter her move to South Africa with her hus­band, crick­eter Morne Morkel, and their son Arias. She tells Danielle McGrane about re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia to lead Ten’s Big Bash League com­men­tary panel.

What’s it been like get­ting back to work af­ter nearly three years away?

It’s great, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. We did the Women’s Big Bash open­ing week­end which was mas­sive, it was quite a historic oc­ca­sion for women.

It was the first time a fe­male sport has been broad­cast live on a com­mer­cial free- to- air net­work at prime time. It was a real hon­our to be a part of that and to be pro­mot­ing women’s sport.

Do you think there’s more recog­ni­tion now for women’s sport?

There’s huge mo­men­tum at the mo­ment where a lot of peo­ple are start­ing to give fe­male ath­letes the credit they de­serve. These women are do­ing it for the love of sport be­cause for so long they haven’t been paid, so it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see them ac­tu­ally get some recog­ni­tion.

Are there any play­ers you think are go­ing to make their mark this year?

Travis Head is cer­tainly one to look out for. He’s re­cently had some ex­pe­ri­ence with the Aus­tralian set- up so I think he’ll be com­ing into the Big Bash with a lot of con­fi­dence and maybe we could see him go to a whole other level.

There are so many mas­sive su­per­stars com­ing this year. Bren­don McCul­lum, he’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing. He just breaks record af­ter record and I think he’ll keep the com­pe­ti­tion alive.

Did you know any­one on the com­men­tary team, which in­cludes Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh, from your time as a sports re­porter?

Yes, I’d in­ter­viewed Ricky a lot when he was Aus­tralian captain. And I’d seen the other mem­bers of the com­men­tary team dur­ing my time as a sports re­porter.

It’s such a great group and I think it’s fan­tas­tic for the Aus­tralian pub­lic to see their per­son­al­i­ties. Ricky in par­tic­u­lar, be­cause he was such an ac­com­plished Aus­tralian captain, now it’s great to see the lighter side to him but also to get in­side his bril­liant crick­et­ing mind.

You’ve worked on some mas­sive events such as the Lon­don Olympics in 2012 and the Ashes in 2013, do you have a favourite ex­pe­ri­ence ?

I think it would be hard to top go­ing to the Olympics, that was a dream come true for me as a sport jour­nal­ist. Co­host­ing the Big Bash is also up there for me be­cause it’s my first time tak­ing the reins as a host on a ma­jor pro­duc­tion.

Big Bash League, ABC2, Ten/ ONE, air­ing 35 matches over sum­mer

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