You've been Warne-d!
The Sky Sports cricket commentary box gets an Australian make-over in our new Ashes promo...
Last Updated: 16/06/09 12:40pm
The Sky Sports cricket commentary box gets an Australian make-over in a new Ashes promo to be aired this week.
Cricket legends Sir Ian Botham and David Gower are in for a shock when they discover a smoking BBQ, surfboard and other typical Aussie items when they arrive for their Sky Sports commentary duties in the film that will debut Friday night.
And in the commentator's chair is none other than bowling legend Shane Warne, wearing board shorts, a t-shirt and greeting them with a traditional Australian welcome: "G'day boys!"
Click on the video link to see the promo in full
Warne joins the Sky Sports commentary team for the Ashes series which begins with the first npower Test match from Cardiff on July 8. The promo will be screened throughout the build-up to the series.
It's not just the Sky commentary box that gets an Australian make-over either, some of the London's most recognisable landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are in for treatment too.
The promo was shot over five days in, including three days filming the London landmarks. A production crew of over 30 was required with props including a shark's head, Australian flags, a didgeridoo and 400 cans of Vegemite.
There were also two weeks of post production adding a corked hat to Nelson's Column, putting a shark's fin in Trafalgar Square and making a kangaroo walk across a zebra crossing.
This summer Sky Sports will show uninterrupted coverage of the npower Ashes series exclusively live. It will also be the first Ashes series ever to be screened in high definition with live multi-platform coverage offered via Internet and mobile.
In the commentary box will be some of the biggest names in game as Shane Warne joins the likes of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Michael Holding for the series. Charles Colvile will be joined by former England captain Bob Willis for extended highlights of each day's play too.
Sky Sports News will provide daily news, views and reports throughout the Ashes while skysports.com will provide round-the-clock coverage, including a live score centre during the matches and regular columns from the commentary team.
This is another busy summer of cricket on Sky with over 60 live games featuring each county at least three times from the four major competitions. Viewers can also enjoy every match from the ICC World Twenty20 together with the semi finals and final of the ICC Women's Twenty20.
Support programming includes Cricket AM and Cricket Writers on TV screened on Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively.