Australian, The – There will be nowhere to hide for the Australian cricket team this summer, with ­on-field banter to be broadcast ­unfiltered into lounge rooms across the country.

Summary

  • There will be nowhere to hide for the Australian cricket team this summer, with ­on-field banter to be broadcast ­unfiltered into lounge rooms across the country.
  • In a major win for viewers, new TV rights holder Fox Sports has declared it will be cranking up the stump mics in its Test and limited-overs coverage and, importantly, it has secured the players’ support to do so.
  • Australia famously requested South Africa turn down their stump audio earlier this year in anticipation of the sledging barrage to follow, and when the locals refused, ­players started plugging rival sponsors in a bid to sabotage the coverage.
  • The International Cricket Council has since removed all restrictions on stump mics and left their use up to the discretion of broadcasters.

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