Pietersen to join TMS team


Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The BBC has confirmed Kevin Pietersen will be joining Radio Five Live’s Test Match Special team during the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The 34-year-old former England batsman will be a regular guest on the programme from the quarter-finals onwards for the showpiece that gets under way with a clash between Sri Lanka and the Black Caps on Friday week.

The four-time Ashes winner was involved in commentating during the Big Bash League – the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia which ended a week ago – and said he was looking forward to the challenge.

He told the BBC: “I’m really looking forward to working with the Test Match Special team at the World Cup.

“I really enjoyed having a go at some commentary during the Big Bash and it will be good to return to Australia for the climax of what should be a really exciting tournament.”

The commentary team for the World Cup will also include Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann, Vic Marks and England Women’s World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent, who will be working alongside Jonathan Agnew, Alison Mitchell, Simon Mann, Charles Dagnall and Kevin Howells.

The BBC’s head of radio sport Richard Burgess, said: “This is an ambitious year for cricket on BBC radio.

“Of course, it is the expert voices of our Test Match Special team who will be at the heart of our cross-platform offering including the likes of Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Henry Blofeld, Ed Smith, Alison Mitchell and Isa Guha.

“I’d also like to welcome Kevin Pietersen to the fold for the Cricket World Cup and look forward to hearing him on TMS.”

England kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia in Melbourne on February 14.

Published: Wednesday 4th February 2015 by The News Editor

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