- Michael Clarke has landed a new commentary gig
- He was effectively dumped earlier this year
- Clarke, 42, was involved in a brawl in Noosa
Michael Clarke is returning to cricket punditry for the first time since his high-profile brawl with Karl Stefanovic in Noosa.
But the former Australia Test captain will return to the airwaves this summer as put of ESPN’s ‘Around The Wicket’ multi-platform programme, which will analyse Pat Cummins’s side.
Clarke’s former teammates Aaron Finch and Mike Hussey will also feature on the programme, to be hosted by Fox Cricket and Channel 9 presenter Neroli Meadows.
The new show will debut on Wednesday night at 5pm on ESPN. Foxtel and Kayo viewers will be able to watch it, while it was also be simulcast on ESPN Cricinfo’s digital website.
Michael Clarke is set to return to the TV studio after landing a punditry gig
Clarke was effectively dropped by the ICC and BCCI after his infamous Noosa brawl
He will feature alongside Aaron Finch on a new ESPN show this summer
Clarke’s dulcet tones have not hit Australian airwaves since the TV rights transferred from Channel 9 to Fox Sports and Channel 7 in 2018.
He had, however, been a regular on ICC and BCCI commentary prior to the Noose saga, where he was involved in a verbal tussle with Today host Stefanovic.
Mark Waugh, Mitchell Johnson and Finch replaced Clarke for the BCCI’s coverage of Australia’s tour of India at the start of the year.
‘Clarke brings his experience as a former Australian cricket captain, in a career spanning 115 Test matches and 245 one-day internationals,’ a statement from ESPN said
‘The former captain enjoyed a highlight reel cricketing career, from his 151 on Test debut in India to 6-9 match-winning bowling performance and historic 329 not out career high innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
‘Around the Wicket will preview and review the big international matches across the Australian summer, with episodes airing both on the eve and conclusion of each Test match against Pakistan and the West Indies, Women’s Test series against India and Twenty20 Big Bash.’