Channel 4 sign Rainford-Brent to bolster coverage of England vs India

Channel 4 have added former England international and Surrey player Ebony Rainford-Brent to their line-up for England’s Test series in .

Rainford-Brent, a regular contributor for the and Sky Sports, will join host Rishi Persad and former England captain Andrew Strauss in the studio for Saturday’s second Test, as reported by .

She played 22 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals for England between 2001 to 2010 – the 37-year-old also captained Surrey. 

Channel 4 have signed Ebony Rainford-Brent for the second test between India and England

Rainford-Brent now works as director of women’s cricket at Surrey and is the chair of ACE, porn dean the African-Caribbean Engagement programme. 

Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook was the only pundit in the studio for the first Test, which England won by 227 runs.

Channel 4 have decided to use a second pundit for the remaining three Test matches in the series.

After working in the first Test, Cook has signed up to work in the third Test, with Strauss having signed for the second and fourth Tests.

The report added that Channel 4 were delighted with the viewing figures for England’s victory in the first Test, which attracted more than five million different viewers during the first three days. 

The broadcaster were delighted with viewing figures for England’s victory in the first Test 

Channel 4 hope England’s exciting victory will boost interest in the remaining Test matches

The final day’s play attracted a peak of 1.7 million viewers on Tuesday, not including those who live-streamed the match on All 4. 

Channel 4 hope that England’s brilliant victory in the first Test will boost interest in the remaining three Test matches. 

The timing of the third Test, which is a day-night match and begins at 9am UK time every morning, could also boost ratings.