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New Test sponsor ahead of The Ashes

UPDATED 15 May, 2013 3:01PM AEST | by Cricket Australia 8

Cricket Australia and the Commonwealth Bank have today announced a renewal of their long-standing partnership, with Commonwealth Bank set to become the Test team and Test Series partner for the next four Australian seasons, beginning with this summer’s Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series in Australia.

They will continue their support of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars women’s team which is ranked as the number one women’s Test, ODI and T20 side in the world.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Commonwealth Bank is Cricket Australia’s longest-standing sponsor and we are absolutely delighted that this rare opportunity has come up to have them come on board as our Test cricket sponsor.”

“We have had a wonderful relationship for over 26 years with the Commonwealth Bank and they have partnered with us on ODIs for the past seven seasons. Their support extends right across the sport and deep into cricket.

“They are an iconic Australian brand that is synonymous with cricket in Australia and the sponsorship of the Test format is a natural fit. We are pleased to have them extend their support of cricket, especially leading into an all-important Ashes year.”

Commonwealth Bank CEO, Ian Narev said:

“Over the last 26 years we have been involved with Australia’s favourite sport from grassroots to grandstands. Test Cricket is the pinnacle of Australian Cricket, so we are proud to strengthen our commitment to the game by becoming the new sponsor of the Australian Test Team and Test Series. We will, of course, continue our support of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars team, the Australian Country Cricket Championships, the Imparja Cup, as well as grassroots cricket throughout Australia.”

“We look forward to being involved with a format of the game which has such a long and proud history. The forthcoming back-to-back Ashes Series will be a particularly exciting time. I wish Michael Clarke, Jodie Fields and their teams every success for their upcoming UK tours and then the home Ashes.”

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 15 May, 2013 10:00AM AEST

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