HOWZAT! WARNE JOINS FOX TEAM

Herald Sun - - NEWS - RUS­SELL GOULD

SHANE Warne will have the for­mi­da­ble voice of Kerry Packer ring­ing in his ears when he em­barks on the next chap­ter of his com­men­tary ca­reer with Fox­tel.

The spin king has signed on to help lead a new era of cricket broad­cast­ing with a Fox Cricket team which in­cludes some of the big­gest names in the game.

Warne will suit up with for­mer team­mates Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey and his first cap­tain, Al­lan Bor­der, af­ter Fox­tel se­cured the rights to broad­cast cricket for six years.

He said the de­ci­sion to leave pre­vi­ous rights holder Chan­nel 9 was a tough one, but he would be­gin his lat­est ad­ven­ture armed with the ad­vice of Packer, cricket’s first TV rev­o­lu­tion­ary.

“As a com­men­ta­tor, Kerry Packer taught me very early, and some­times I didn’t al­ways do it, but he said ‘peo­ple can see what’s hap­pen­ing, so don’t tell me what’s hap­pen­ing, tell me why it’s hap­pen­ing’,” Warne told the Her­ald Sun.

“He said: ‘You played the game, take me out in to the mid­dle, tell me what it’s like fac­ing fast bowlers at 160kmh, what it’s like when you don’t know which way the ball is spin­ning, how do you play re­verse swing. Tell me what’s it like walk­ing out on the ground at Lords or the MCG. The viewer will never have that op­por­tu­nity, so help them en­joy that ex­pe­ri­ence’ — and I want to en­hance that.”

Warne threw his sup­port be­hind Aus­tralian cricket af­ter the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal in South Africa. He en­dorsed new coach Justin Langer, as well as the re­view of team cul­ture, and said he hoped as a com­bi­na­tion, they could help make cricket fans “proud of the Aus­tralian cricket team again”.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL KLEIN

For­mer stars Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist have joined the Fox Cricket team.

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