talkSPORT will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for England’s tour of India, starting next month, with every ball of every game live on talkSPORT 2.
Ashes winner Kevin Pietersen will join the award-winning team for its comprehensive free-to-air coverage of the four Tests, five T20s and three ODIs, which start on February 5th and conclude on March 28th.
The broadcast team includes talkSPORT cricket regulars, Darren Gough, Mark Nicholas, Mark Butcher, Matt Prior, Steve Harmison, Gareth Batty, Alex Tudor, Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Jon Norman, Guy Swindells and Andrew McKenna. Kate Cross also joins the team when she returns from representing England in New Zealand alongside former India batsman and commentator Aakash Chopra.
India come into the series fresh from their thrilling 2-1 Test series win over Australia, including victory over the Baggy Greens at the Gabba – the hosts’ first defeat in Brisbane since 1988.
Former England paceman Steve Harmison will also host a regular show, live-streamed on talkSPORT’s YouTube channel at the end of play each day, as part of 500 hours of cricket programming across the series. All the stats for the tour will be powered by CricViz.
Complementing the live commentaries will be a daily Following On podcast, there will also be a two-hour highlights package for those who miss the action, plus the Cricket Collective will deliver regular preview and review shows.
talkSPORT’s Darren Gough said: “After the Indians took to the Aussies in their backyard I cannot wait for them to take on England. It will be a tough series but Joe Root’s Test side stand a great chance as do the ODI and T20 teams. The series will capture the imagination of cricket fans all around the world and we’ll be across all the live action, build up, news and analysis throughout the tour.”
Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton said: “The India tour is always a big one in England’s calendar and will spark a lot of interest across the country. We’re delighted to welcome KP back to our award-winning team along with Kate Cross and Aakash Chopra. The talkSPORT network will be the place for comprehensive coverage of an unmissable tour.”
England’s schedule in India
- First Test: Feb 5-9 (Chennai)
- Second Test: Feb 13-17 (Chennai)
- Third Test: Feb 24-28 (Ahmedabad)
- Fourth Test: March 4-8 (Ahmedabad)
- First T20I: March 12 (Ahmedabad)
- Second T20I: March 14 (Ahmedabad)
- Third T20I: March 16 (Ahmedabad)
- Fourth T20I: March 18 (Ahmedabad)
- Fifth T20I: March 20 (Ahmedabad)
- First ODI: March 23 (Pune)
- Second ODI: March 26 (Pune)
- Third ODI: March 28 (Pune)