Cricket

Voice of Australian cricket Lawry hangs up his mic

2018-05-15 07:36
Bill Lawry (Getty Images)
Bill Lawry (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Cricket icon Bill Lawry has confirmed his commentary career has officially come to an end after four decades behind the microphone.

According to the Cricket.com.au website, after Channel Nine lost the Australian television rights to broadcast cricket for the first time since the late 1970s, Lawry was approached by new rights holders Seven Network and Foxtel to join their commentaries teams.

But having been with Nine for more than 40 years, Lawry said he couldn’t leave his "home" and decided now was the right time to walk away.

"I’ve had 40 great years at Channel Nine," Lawry said on SEN’s Whateley programme.

"I’ve been very, very lucky and I think the time is just right.

"It’s just been such a wonderful journey and I don’t want to spoil the great journey.

"I’ve seen the best cricketers of the last 40 years, I’ve been through the Packers years, I’ve commentate with guys like Ian Healy and Mark Taylor and all the new boys.

"It’s just been a wonderful journey I never really expected.

"I had a phone call or two (from Seven and Foxtel), which is fair enough.

"I said no because Channel Nine has been my home and I’ve been very happy there.

"When you’ve had such an enjoyable trip, and at 81 years of age, I think it’s time to call quits. It’s almost a dream come true."

While his time behind the mic for Wide World of Sports has come to an end, Lawry cheekily indicated he might not be completely lost to the Australian public.

"I’ll certainly stay connected to Channel Nine," Lawry said.

"That will be my home forever, I’m not going to leave Channel Nine.

"I’ll probably pop up and give the pigeon results once or twice."

Both Foxtel and Seven have wasted little time assembling their commentary line-ups.

Foxtel have recruited Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Mel Jones, Isa Guha, Mike Hussey and Michael Vaughan to join stalwarts Brendon Julian and Allan Border, with Shane Warne reportedly set to sign on with the pay TV provider. 

Meanwhile, Seven have secured the services of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

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