The Ashes: Gary Neville analysis a switch hit with Sky Cricket!
Monday Night Football's Gary Neville warmed up for the new season with some Sky Cricket analysis!
Last Updated: 04/08/13 7:39pm
The Monday Night Football pundit - a talented cricketer as a teenager - warmed up for Sky Sports' biggest-ever Premier League season by joining former England captain Nasser Hussain on air for a stint of commentary during the fourth day of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
Neville is no novice when it comes to the cricket having once opened the batting for local club Greenmount CC with overseas star - and future Australian Test batsman - Matthew Hayden in 1992 before focusing full-time on his burgeoning career at Manchester United, with whom he won eight Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former England full-back is no stranger to the advancements in expert analysis, either, having pioneered the use of the touchscreen on Monday Night Football, where this season he will be joined by new Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher.
Neville was in front of a touchscreen again when he joined Ian Ward in the Ashes Zone where, reflecting on his Sky Cricket commentary stint, he said: "It was nerve-racking for the first part but Nasser got me through it, thankfully!
"But I love the cricket - it was fantastic - and coming from the football side of things it was great to see how Sky Cricket works. The professionalism and how you see things quickly was fantastic; it got me back into it again.
"I think the technology you're now using in cricket and we use in football is fantastic; we use it for a reason to give the viewer, the fan, a better experience - to give them more information, tell them what's happening; they want to know more, the detail of things.
"Gone are the days when you can wash over things and have a little bit of banter [as an analyst]; they really do want to know the detail on everything that is happening in the game. The big instances are really where you want to use this great technology that we do have."
Gary's cricketing exploits were eclipsed by his younger brother Phil, who captained England at under-14 and under-15 level before following in his sibling's footsteps and joining Manchester United. To find out more about his love for the game click here.
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