A SECTION of Aussie cricket fans have been muting their televisions to listen to ABC’s Test match commentary for years.
If you’re not a fan of Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Shane Warne and the Channel Nine crew, it’s easy – especially in today’s age where you can pause your TV for a second or two to line up the commentary – to switch over to Jim Maxwell and in his absence, Gerard Whateley, and the ABC boys.
But one of the biggest reasons to listen to “Aunty” was for the offbeat humour and unforgettable laugh of former Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe, who disappeared from the airwaves in 2014.
Well, “Skull” is back. O’Keeffe has been announced as the star frontman of Triple M’s new venture, which begins with the first Test of the series against Pakistan at the Gabba on December 15.
O’Keeffe will be joined by long-time Triple M star James Brayshaw, who has been a notable absentee from Nine’s coverage this summer.
Fellow former Channel Nine talent Brett Lee is also part of Triple M’s team, as well as Michael Slater, who will combine his appearances with his obligation with the TV broadcaster.
Former Test players Merv Hughes, Brad Haddin, Victorian keeper Darren Berry and English women’s World Cup winner Isa Guha are also in the line-up.
In an effort to keep the offering focused on entertainment, Triple M is also adding H.G Nelson, funny guys Jules Schiller and Lawrence Mooney, and Sydney Grill Team co-host Gus Worland to the fray. Cricket reporter Neroli Meadows will also join the commentary team.
“It’s the first time cricket will be heard on radio in crystal clear stereo, not drowned out by the fuzz and interference from powerlines and buildings,” Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick said. “In all seriousness, we can’t wait to hear this line-up together on FM. It’s very exciting.”