On July 26, the Australian cricket team kicks off a Test tour of Sri Lanka. But Australian radios will be silent. With no stations covering this tour, and the games only available on pay TV, ball-by-ball description is nowhere to be found. That’s where White Line Wireless comes in.
Knowing how much audio commentary matters to some cricket fans, White Line Wireless offers free online radio coverage of every Australian Test tour that won’t be broadcast at home. Starting with Australia’s tour of India in 2013, the team has covered Tests in the United Arab Emirates, England, the West Indies and New Zealand, as well as the recent World Twenty20 tournament and the Women’s Big Bash League.
Partly, White Line Wireless says it exists because not all fans have the same access. Partly it’s about hearing ordinary people call the game with a sense of humour, not just former players elbowing each other in the ribs. Partly it’s about quality commentary that respects listeners. Mostly it’s about having fun with a well-loved game. White Line Wireless aims to reflect cricket’s diversity with commentators of all genders, ages, backgrounds and cricketing abilities. It takes applications for new commentators and helps them hone their skills.
Available at whitelinewireless.com or via the Mixlr streaming app, you can tune in from 2.30pm AEST on July 26 for the only Australian radio coverage of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.
The station can be contacted via Twitter (@whitelinewire), Facebook (White Line Wireless) or email (email@example.com).