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Roz Kelly returns for Big Bash League

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016 By Danielle McGrane

Sports journalist Roz Kelly has made a return to TV screens to lead Network Ten's Big Bash League commentary panel.

Kelly has been off Australian TV screens for nearly three years, having moved to South Africa with her husband, cricketer Morne Morkel and their son Arias, but got right back into the swing of it with the recent Women's Big Bash opening weekend.

"It was quite a historic occasion for women," Kelly said.

"It was the first time a female sport has been broadcast live on a commercial free-to-air network at prime time. It was a real honour to be a part of that and to be promoting women's sport."

During her time in South Africa, Kelly has been keeping up with all the sporting news and, coming into her stint for Ten, she's been researching players taking part in the Big Bash.

"This is really their opportunity to become a household name and do something really impressive," she said.

Kelly has already picked out some players she thinks are really going to make their mark this year.

"Travis Head is certainly one to look out for. He's recently had some experience with the Australian set-up so I think he'll be coming into the Big Bash with a lot of confidence and maybe we could see him go to a whole other level," she said.

"There are so many massive superstars coming this year it's attracted heaps. Brendon McCullum in particular, he's going to be very exciting. He's the most destructive Twenty20 batsman in the entire world. He just breaks record after record and I think he'll definitely keep the competition alive."

There are some massive superstars working with Kelly on the commentary team too, including Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh.

From her previous experience reporting for the Nine Network, Kelly had already met most of them.

"I'd interviewed Ricky a lot when he was Australian captain. And I'd seen all of the other members of the commentary team around during my time as a sports reporter," she said.

"It's such a great group of guys too and I think it's fantastic for the Australian public to see their personalities. Ricky in particular because he was such an accomplished Australian captain, now it's great to see the lighter side to him but also to get inside his brilliant cricketing mind."

*The Big Bash League has returned to Network Ten with a total of 35 matches set to be played in 40 days, and broadcast on Ten and ONE.

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