Warne confirms move to Fox Sports

Former Test spinner leaves Nine Network as race for commentary talent heats up

Martin Smith

17 May 2018, 07:47 PM AEST

Shane Warne has confirmed he has signed with Foxtel to be part of the Fox Sports cricket commentary team for the next six years.

Warne had been strongly linked to a switch from the Nine Network to Fox and the move was confirmed tonight.

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Warne joins an already strong line-up of on-air talent signed by Fox, including former teammates Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Allan Border, Brendon Julian and Mike Hussey along with Mel Jones, Isa Guha and Michael Vaughan.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was announced as Seven's first major signing last Friday, while legendary caller Bill Lawry confirmed this week that his commentary career is over.

"It’s important we make Australians love and trust the game again,” Warne told Fox Sports. "When people turn on the cricket the fans want to be proud of the team.

"The team (Fox) have put together is fantastic. Where Australian cricket is at the moment, I think it’s important the fans get what they deserve."

Warne had worked with the Nine Network for more than two decades, but Nine's exit from broadcasting cricket during the Australian summer meant the 48-year-old was in demand from cricket's new broadcast partners, Fox and Seven.

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While Nine will no longer broadcast home internationals, they have already signed deals to broadcast the 2019 Ashes as well as some of the 2018 Women's World T20, the 2019 Men's World Cup and the men's and women's World T20 tournaments in Australia in 2020.

Nine also confirmed on Monday that they will be the exclusive broadcaster of Australia's Qantas Tour of the UK next month.