Cricket Australia’s (CA) digital arm has stepped in to provide coverage in New Zealand of the remainder of the ongoing Test series between Australia and South Africa.
Cricket Network, the overseas brand of CA’s cricket.com.au website, launched a digital subscription for fans in New Zealand allowing them to stream the remaining three Tests live on any device. All five days of Australia’s win in Durban were streamed free of charge as a trial offer but a subscription for the Tests in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg will cost NZD$24.99.
The move comes after pay-TV broadcaster Sky, which traditionally covers New Zealand’s international cricket matches, reportedly opted out of entering a bid for rights to the series, meaning Cricket Network will be the only platform in the country showing the remaining games.
Ben Amarfio, CA’s general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial, said: “We are continually looking for opportunities to expand the service Cricket Network offers the cricket community around the world, from news and video updates to broadcasting domestic and international cricket matches.
“It is very exciting for us to have this chance to broadcast the Qantas Tour of South Africa in New Zealand, and we look forward to cricket fans taking up the opportunity to watch the final three Tests of this highly-anticipated series.”
The tourist’s 118-run victory at Kingsmead was overshadowed by an ugly confrontation between Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa’s wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. The second Test got underway on Friday.