Channel Seven’s head of cricket David Barham regards the introduction of a female voice of summer as long overdue, but the signing of Alison Mitchell has nothing to do with gender or agendas. Barham revealed on Tuesday that English broadcaster Mitchell will be one of the network’s three ball-by-ball callers during its first season of Test cricket, joining Tim Lane and James Brayshaw.
“She’s a gun commentator,” Barham told AAP. “1983 was the last time there was a female voice in Test cricket in Australia on free to air TV, 35 years ago. It doesn’t seem right to me. “It’s appropriate and long overdue, with cricket being a sport that has done so much for women. But she’s not picked because she’s a woman.”