Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has joined Network Ten’s Big Bash T20 League commentary team.

Gilchrist will join former teammate Ricky Ponting for the League in December.

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer Hamish McLennan said: “Adam is one of the greatest cricketers Australia has ever produced and we are very excited that he has agreed to join the team at Ten.

“The combination of Adam and Ricky — plus other high-profile commentators we will announce soon — is great news for cricket fans and will ensure the Big Bash League will be a major television event for all Australians.”

Gilchrist said: “I am thrilled to be joining Network Ten as part of the new cricket coverage for the Big Bash League and extremely excited at the opportunity to form another partnership with my great mate Ricky Ponting.

“The success of the League last season shows T20 has a prominent place not only in the cricket calendar but also in the minds of cricket followers of all ages.”

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