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Alex Gubbay Alex Gubbay | 12:55 UK time, Monday, 9 October 2006

We've announced today that Manish Bhasin (Football Focus) and Rishi Persad (racing) will be the faces of our cricket TV highlights coverage this winter. As lifelong cricket fans, I'm sure both will do a grand job. Especially alongside the likes of Tony Greig and Geoffrey Boycott who'll provide the analysis as well as correspondent Jonathan Agnew - and indeed the one and only Richie Benaud.

And if that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, it's also worth us flagging up the latest details about what we're aiming to offer on interactive TV via your red button...


* Ashes and one-day highlights from 2200 each night. Contractual reasons mean we cannot put them out any earlier, but this will at least give you the chance to watch the action before the main programme airs on BBC TWO (which will be after Newsnight on weekdays, and at around 2300 at weekends.)

* While the games are in play, we are hoping to carry up-to-date scores, statistics, graphical illustrations and your comments ALONGSIDE the live, distinctive and authoritative commentary from our TMS radio team.

And of course, let's not forget the ball-by-ball updates we'll be offering on the web, plus the live radio commentary to UK users. As well as a few other treats we have up our sleeve... (details to follow a bit nearer the time)

So... 45 days and counting until the toss at the Gabba... and I for one can't wait.

Though I must confess that is partly because I'm lucky enough to be going out to Oz on holiday for the Melbourne and Sydney Tests... (all off my own bat and in no way related to work I promise!)

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