AUSSIE great Mark Waugh is understood to be quitting his role as an Australian selector as his future career as a commentator with Fox Sports takes shape.
The stylish Aussie batsman, who began working on the national selectors’ panel in 2014, was revealed by the Daily Telegraph to be calling time at the completion of his contract term in August.
Waugh joined former Big Bash League co-host and teammate Adam Gilchrist on Fox Sports’ extensive commentary roster after the network announced their “revolution” planned for cricket broadcasting.
It is understood the 52-year-old made the decision to focus on his career behind the microphone.
Waugh, the T20 Chairman on the selectors’ panel, is expected to make his final appearance for Cricket Australia against England and Zimbabwe in July.
Waugh joined former Aussie batsman Mike Hussey as well as former Australian women’s star Melanie Jones on the revamped Fox cricket commentary team. They will also be joined by former Test skipper Allan Border and retired Aussie quick Brendon Julian.
BILL LAWRY TURNS DOWN OFFERS
Bill Lawry has reportedly turned down offers to continue his cricket commentary career as broadcasters lock in more talent for the start of a new era next summer.
Fox Sports announced on Sunday they’ve added former Australian players Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey and Mel Jones to their line-up as well as ex-England representatives Michael Vaughan and Isa Guha.
But former Australian Test captain Lawry, now 81, won’t return to Australian TV screens, according to News Corp.
Lawry had worked for the Nine Network only sparingly in recent years, adding his energetic and quirky style to the commentary booth mostly for Tests at his beloved MCG.
He speculated that last season’s home Ashes series may be his last in the commentary box after a career spanning almost 40 years.
It’s understood Lawry was approached by both of cricket’s new TV rights holders, Channel 7 and Fox Sports, to return to commentary.
The Seven Network announced on Friday it had signed Ricky Ponting, who made his mark as a commentator during the Big Bash League, as the face of their new-look team.
None of Channel 9’s stable of commentators — Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Michael Clarke, Ian Healy or Mark Nicholas — have been snapped up by Seven or Fox.
Fox have moved the quickest, adding the five new faces to join Adam Gilchrist, Allan Border and Brendon Julian.