BBC show Ashes highlights

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The BBC will televise England cricket matches for the first time in seven years after winning the rights to broadcast highlights of this winter’s Ashes series.

The network last televised Test cricket in 1999 but will now become the only terrestrial broadcaster to show England’s Test and one-day matches in a six-month deal which expires at the end of April 2007.

The BBC will show highlights of all five Ashes Tests and the triangular one-day series, which also features New Zealand.

The matches will be shown live on Sky Sports during the whole of the Ashes tour Down Under during the winter.

BBC also have the rights to highlights of next year’s World Cup in the West Indies.

Ashes coverage will air nightly during the Tests and one-day series, which take place from November to February.

Test Match Special coverage on Radio 4 and Radio Five Live Sports Xtra will also continue.

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