Sydney, July 11 (ANI): Australian cricket network Channel Nine had reportedly missed the first ball delivered in the first day of the first Ashes Test, at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, due to 'excitement'.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the ball was an erratic first over from Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, although his first ball wide was far less dramatic than Steve Harmison's one six years ago.
After several Twitter users voiced their outrage on the media platform about missing the first ball, Nine responded with its own tweet, saying that the first ball was a wide from Pattinson similar to Harmison's in 2007.
The channel further tweeted that it hoped that Australia is in for a 5-0 whitewash of the series.
Nine, which will pay 450 million dollars in cash and contra advertising to broadcast international cricket in Australia for the next five years, had said that the network expected to have a greater say not only in scheduling but also in Australian team selection, creating tensions with Cricket Australia (CA).
Nine won the deal over Network Ten by exercising its last-rights privilege from its previous contract with CA. (ANI)