Sky is turning its Sky Sports 2 channel into a exclusive cricket channel throughout the summer.
Dubbed Sky Sports Ashes HD, the channel will offer 63 days of action between 30 June and 31 August, including exclusively live ball-by-ball coverage of the Investec Ashes.
The channel will also screen live county fixtures, highlights and various support shows. Among the highlights will be the Investec Ashes where every session from cricket’s most eagerly awaited Test series, beginning with the first Test from Trent Bridge on 10 July will be shown.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Sky Sports“The Ashes series is a key part of the biggest summer of sport we’ve ever had and with The British & Irish Lions Tour, back to back Ashes, every F1 race and our biggest ever football season, there really is something for everyone,” said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.
The channel will also feature the Women’s Ashes with live coverage of all three Twenty20 internationals between England and Australia.
Other cricket includes Live YB40, Friend’s Life t20 and England v Pakistan under-19 international, plus archive shows, Cricket Am, Cricket Writers on TV and highlights.
England cricket legend and Sky Sports commentator Sir Ian Botham said: “This is wall to wall cricket, on one channel, for the key months of the summer. The Ashes is the pinnacle of Test cricket and when it comes to television, cricket fans have never had it so good. Bring it on.”
Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky Sports 2 will automatically be transformed into Sky Sports Ashes HD and Sky Sports Ashes at 06.00 on 30 June and viewers will not have to do anything.