The Seven Network and Fox Sports will broadcast the Australian summer of cricket for the next six years after signing a deal with Cricket Australia worth $1.182 billion.
Seven takes over the Free-To-Air rights from both the Nine and Ten Networks and will broadcast all men's Test matches and all Commonwealth Bank women's internationals as well as 43 KFC Big Bash League and 23 Rebel Women's BBL games each season.
The deal represents the first time that all women's international matches are guaranteed to be shown on Free-To-Air television.
The Gillette men's One-Day and T20 internationals will be shown exclusively on Fox Sports, as will the remaining 16 men's BBL matches not shown on Seven.
Fox Sports will also show the matches that will be broadcast on Free-To-Air by Seven – all men's Tests, all women's internationals, the 43 BBL matches and 23 WBBL games – as part of a deal that includes a dedicated Fox Sports cricket channel.
The BBL has been expanded to a full Home and Away Season for a new total of 59 matches – which means the number of BBL games shown on Free-To-Air television (43) remains the same as last summer.
The 36 WBBL games not shown on Seven and Fox Sports will be live streamed on the Cricket Network through www.cricket.com.au and the CA Live App.
The deal also includes a new digital partnership between Fox Sports and Cricket Network, which guarantees Cricket Australia’s digital channels will continue to carry on-demand highlights of all cricket played in Australia. Fox Sports will also have digital rights for its platforms.
Cricket Network will also offer exclusive broadcast-quality streaming of other matches not shown on Seven or Fox Sports, including some international tour matches as well as non-broadcast JLT Sheffield Shield and JLT One-Day Cup games.
In addition to their coverage of international and domestic matches, Fox Sports will broadcast the Sheffield Shield Final and 13 One-Day Cup games as well as some international tour matches.
The Allan Border & Belinda Clark Medal Night will be broadcast live on both Seven and Fox Sports.
The agreement marks the first time in 40 years that Channel Nine has not broadcast the Australian summer of cricket.
However, the network already has deals in place to broadcast the 2019 Ashes Series in England, the 2019 World Cup in the UK and the men's and women's 2020 World T20 Tournaments in Australia.
BROADCAST RIGHTS SUMMARY BY CRICKET TYPE
Men's Test Matches - Seven + Fox Sports
Women's Internationals - Seven + Fox Sports
Men's One-Day Internationals & T20 Internationals - Fox Sports Only
Men's Big Bash League - 43 Matches: Seven + Fox Sports, 16 Extra Expanded Season Matches: Fox Sports Only
Women's Big Bash League - 23 Matches: Seven + Fox Sports, 36 Matches: Live Streamed via www.cricket.com.au + CA Live App
Sheffield Shield - Final on Fox Sports, Remaining Matches Live Streamed via www.cricket.com.au + CA Live App
JLT One-Day Cup - 13 Matches Fox Sports, Remaining Matches Live Streamed via www.cricket.com.au + CA Live App
International Tour Matches - Some Matches Fox Sports, Remaining Games Live Streamed via www.cricket.com.au + CA Live App
Allan Border & Belinda Clark Medal Night - Seven + Fox Sports
On-Demand Highlights - www.cricket.com.au + CA Live App + Fox Sports
WHAT EACH NETWORK WILL SHOW
Seven Network: Men's Test Matches, Women's Internationals, 43 BBL Games, 23 WBBL Games, AB & BC Medal Night.
Fox Sports: Men's Test Matches, Men's ODIs, Men's T20Is, Women's Internationals, ALL BBL Games, 23 WBBL Games, AB & BC Medal Night, PM's XI & GG's XI Matches, Sheffield Shield Final, 13 JLT One-Day Cup Matches, Digital Partnership With Cricket Network.