As Channel 9 settles in as the home of Tennis in Australia, there’s one familiar face that went to the Australian Open this week.
Yes, that person came into Melbourne Park not only as a fan but also in company with this station who used to air cricket here for 40 years.
Well, his name is Mark Taylor or as mates call him, “Tubby.”
More about Mark “Tubby” Taylor
If you don’t know him, he used to open for Australia (1989-1999) and New South Wales (1985-1999).
From there, Taylor achieved a couple of feats throughout his playing career such as:
- 19 Test Centuries & 7, 525 runs throughout 104 caps.
- 41 First-Class Centuries & 17,415 runs throughout 253 matches.
- Scored a high Test score of 334* v Pakistan at Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1998
When “Tubby” retired in 1999, he immediately transitioned into the commentary box as part of the Channel 9 Cricket Team for two decades.
Despite Channel 9 lost the home cricket rights last year, Taylor re-signed with the station as their head Cricket expert as well as:
This year’s 50-Over Cricket World Cup and Australia’s Ashes Tour in England
Next year’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in Australia
At the same time, he held a board role with Cricket Australia for 13 years (2004-2018) before he resigned last year over the governing body’s involvement with the ball-tampering scandal which saw David Warner & Steve Smith banned from playing for a year.
And he’s still the Fujitsu spokesperson in which Australians get to see ads featuring him on TV.
Tubby at The Tennis
He first took a selfie with his wife before they came to watch the Serena Williams v Karolína Plíšková match at Rod Laver Arena.
You can see the close up of his Instagram story of this matchup as Williams takes her serve.
And at last, Tubby makes his comments saying that the Australian Open Tennis does bring excitement as nearly as he watches typically on Channel 9.
So no negative comments about the network’s transition from Cricket to Tennis.
Everyone would love to see Tubby take some contributing role to their Tennis coverage.
But at least it’s good to see him enjoy the Channel 9 treatment that served him well for a long time as well as watching the Tennis as a fan.
You may have to wait for a few years for Channel 9 to at least try and bring back the Cricket.
Either full-time or pairing up with the Tennis would be fine.
But you’ll have to wait until June to see Tubby gives his insights during Channel 9’s Cricket World Cup telecast from a studio in Sydney.
As always, he will continue to critique how will the Australian Cricket Team go as Steve Smith & David Warner return from their suspensions.
For now, you can follow him on Instagram here.