Cricket news: David Warner joins Fox Cricket commentary team, Australia vs South Africa

David Warner is preparing for life after the willow.

The punishing opening batsman is set to put his skills to the test behind the microphone as he joins the Fox Cricket commentary team.

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Warner’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Cricket Australia announcing a monster new broadcast deal with Foxtel, Kayo and Channel 7.

The 36-year-old joins an illustrious list in the commentary booth, joining Adam Gilchrist, Isa Guha, Mike Hussey, Allan Border, Mark Waugh, Kerry O’Keeffe, Brett Lee, Brendon Julian, Mel Jones, Mark Howard and Kath Loughnan.

Warner’s start in the booth will be delayed thanks to commitment with the Australian team and Big Bash side Sydney Thunder.

Once he opts to walk away from the game, a spot in the Fox Cricket commentary team will be on table for him as long as he wants.

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany was delighted to have Warner, one of Australia’s greatest opening batsmen of all time, join the Fox Cricket team.

“I think it’s not possible to replace Shane (Warne) and Andrew (Symonds),” Delany told media at the SCG after the groundbreaking rights announcement.

“We’ve thought long and hard about what we might do with the coverage. When you’ve got names like Gilchrist and Guha, Hussey, Border, Waugh, Mel Jones, it’s a very, very big team.

“If you had one shot though at a commentator of the current crop to replace those two, you’d probably have to say Dave Warner is the name.

“He’s a brawler, he’s a fighter, he’s exciting. From the moment he stepped out on the patch, I remember in the Big Bash in 2011 when he first came to real dominance, we’re very glad that we’ve now signed him for now and the future.

“I think he’ll be a very, very good cricket commentator.”

Fox Sports Executive Director Steve Crawley believes the excitement Warner has brought to the game as a player will undoubtedly carry over into the commentary booth.

“When he (Warner) came out to bat you could double your audience. He made cricket exciting.

“And he’s the same in the twilight of his career as he was in the beginning — a swashbuckling, fearless individual.

“I’ve been around sports broadcasting a long time and believe David Warner is made for commentary the same he was made to open the batting.”

The third Test between Australia and South Africa gets underway at the SCG on January 4.

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