Alison recently hosted the ECB England Cricketer of the Year Awards in the Long Room at Lord’s. The prestigious event is attended by the senior England men’s and women’s teams, as well as administrators, sponsors and journalists, with Ian Bell and Charlotte Edwards the top award winners. The night was deemed a huge success, helped by Alison having a good rapport with guests on stage, and creating a convivial atmosphere despite the men’s team enduring a torrid winter in Australia.
Between June and September Alison will pick up her long standing cricket duties as part of the BBC’s Test Match Special team, commentating and reporting on Test, ODI, T20 and women’s cricket; she will be part of the BBC TV and Radio 5 Live commentary teams at Wimbledon, having already commentated on the climax of the French Open; she returns as a member of 5 Live’s on-course commentary team at The Open golf; and she will cover gymnastics for 5 Live at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Alison has been named the Sports Journalists’ Association Sports Broadcaster of the Year for 2013. The award was presented at the British Sport Journalism Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden. Alison becomes only the second woman to win the award and she was nominated alongside Clare Balding, David Lloyd, Simon Brotherton, Mike Costello and Stan Collymore.
Alison will fly to Bangladesh in March to commentate on the ICC World Twenty20 for BBC Test Match Special. She will also commentate with Shane Warne on the televised women’s finals for host broadcaster Star Sports, which will be distributed globally.
In a new venture, Alison has been signed up by Sky Sports as a commentator for the domestic Netball Superleague. Her first game is Monday February 10th, as Yorkshire Jets take on Team Northumbria. The season runs until April, with Team Bath looking to claim their sixth title in nine years.