Sky celebrates century

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Sky will broadcast its 100th live England Test when England meet Pakistan at the Brit Oval.

It represents a significant landmark for the company, who have shown live English cricket since 1990.

Their debut live Test was the first of England's winter tour of the Caribbean, in Kingston, Jamaica in February, 1990, the first time that England had been broadcast live from overseas.

Since then Sky has shown England live every winter, screened the first live-ball-by-ball coverage from Australia and the sub-continent and seen them play each of the major Test nations.

The first live domestic Test was England's encounter against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 1999.

And from this summer Sky Sports has exclusively live coverage of all England's domestic Test matches.

Sky Sports has led the way in cricket broadcasting, with many innovations that have since become industry standard.

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These include stump microphones and cameras, slomo cameras, Skyline LBW analysis, interactivity, Ultra slow-motion camera and Hi-Motion.

This summer Sky Sports became the first broadcaster to screen live sport in high-definition with the second npower Test between England and Sri Lanka.

Some of the biggest names in cricket have joined the Sky Sports commentary box during the periodm including Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Michael Holding, while many others have appeared as studio guests.

Bob Willis, who has been part of the Sky Sports team since the first Test in the West Indies, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone at Sky.

“We've followed the England team for 16 years and it's been an amazing journey.

“There's been some amazing moments during that time, particularly Brian Lara's two world batting records, both of which I had the pleasure of commentating on.”

Sky Sports’ live England coverage has also included a home Test each summer since 1999 until 2006 when Sky began the first year of a new four-year agreement with the ECB for England's home Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.

Sky will again follow England overseas this winter, starting with the eagerly awaited Ashes rematch, beginning in Brisbane on November 23.

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