Ashes 2021 on TV: commentators and pundits forming BT Sport coverage of Australia vs England cricket series

Alastair Cook, who won the Ashes four times during a 12 year international career with England, will be part of BT Sport's coverage of the 2021/22 series

The Ashes is finally upon us.

Battle for the small terracotta urn has recommenced - for the 72nd time - as Australia and England lock horns once more.

In a cricket series dating all the way back to the 19th Century, Australia have won 33 series and England 32, with six series ending in a draw.

This included the thrilling five match 2019 Ashes series in England which was drawn 2-2 - and remembered for Ben Stokes’ heroics in the third Test.

With so much riding on the 2021/22 Ashes, you can catch every ball on TV or radio.

Here’s all you need to know about the presenters and pundits forming BT Sport’s Ashes coverage from the UK and Down Under for the five Test series.

How can I watch the Ashes 2021/22 on TV?

The paid for TV subscription service will show every ball from the 2021/22 Ashes series following the renewal of its deal with Cricket Australia.

A monthly BT Sport pass starts at £25pm and can be viewed through the TV, website or app, with regular highlights clips shown across media platforms.

A short highlights package will be available for non-subscribers through the BT Sport app or website from around 4pm (GMT) after each day’s play has concluded.

BBC Radio 5 Live Extra will offer live commentary on the Ashes.

The Ashes fact file. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)The Ashes fact file. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)
The Ashes fact file. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)

Who will form part of BT Sport’s Ashes coverage?

Such a big series warrants big names in the studio and BT Sport hasn’t disappointed with a plethora of former England internationals casting their eyes on proceedings.

Matt Smith will present live from the BT Sport studio in London alongside ex internationals across the series, including Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, Steve Harmison, Matt Prior and Mark Butcher, as well as England women’s captain Heather Knight.

  • Alastair Cook
  • Moeen Ali
  • Steve Harmison
  • Matt Prior
  • Mark Butcher
  • Heather Knight

Glenn McGrath will provide an Australian viewpoint from the boundary ropes, with Alison Mitchell and Mel Farrell also reporting live from Down Under.

Who is commentating for BT Sport on the Ashes?

For the first two Tests, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Isa Guha, Allan Border and Mark Waugh, amongst others, will form part of the commentary team in Australia.

More details are set to be announced for the third, fourth and fifth Test matches.

Who is presenting the Ashes highlights show on BT Sport?

With so much of the action happening through the night for UK based viewers, there will be a choice of highlights options at more convenient times.

A live breakfast show, named Ashes Daily, will give cricket lovers an overview of the main talking points from the action overnight, as well as highlights.

Rob Armstrong will present alongside the likes of Steen Raskopolous, Jason Roy, Kate Cross, Vithushan Ehantharajah and Lydia Greenway.

There will also be journalists and cricket-mad celebs dropping in, in a programme to be made available for podcast and YouTube later in the day.

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