Jim Maxwell (commentator)

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James Edward Maxwell AM (born 28 July 1950) is a sports commentator with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation best known for covering cricket.

Playing career[edit]

Maxwell played cricket in Sydney at the Cranbrook School and once toured with an Australian Old Collegians team in 1972.[1][2]


In 1973 Maxwell joined the ABC after two unsuccessful attempts.[3] Initially working as trainee, he later moved on to sports commentary.[4]

Maxwell is best known for his coverage of Australian cricket. He has provided radio commentary for 300 Tests (as at 4th Test Sydney 2019) and numerous One Day Internationals, including sevenWorld Cups. He has edited the ABC Cricket Magazine since 1988, and is the author of four cricket books, including:

  • Ashes from Bodyline to Waugh: 70 Years of the ABC Cricket Book ISBN 0-7333-1192-X
  • Stumps: Sledging, Slogging, Scandal, Success, The Way I See It, an anecdotal account of experiences following the Australian cricket team since the 2000–01 season. ISBN 1-74064-038-1

The Sound of Summer, a memoir published in 2016. ISBN 978 1 74237 082 8

Maxwell is a frequent member of the BBC's Test Match Special team when Australia play England for the Ashes. He has also covered a number of other sports, including rugby union, rugby league, golf, hockey and table tennis. He has been involved in radio coverage of at least three Olympic Games. He also provided commentary for the EA Sports games Cricket 2004 and Cricket 2005, alongside fellow commentator Richie Benaud.

Personal life[edit]

Maxwell has two sons from his marriage, which ended in 2007.[5] He is a keen amateur photographer. On BBC Test Match Special on 25 August 2013 it was announced that Maxwell had proposed to his girlfriend during the fifth Test of the 2013 Ashes.

Maxwell is the president since 2009 of the Primary Club of Australia,[6] a cricketing-based charity providing sporting and recreational facilities for people with disabilities. He is also President since 2013 of Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club

In 2016 Maxwell was taken to hospital after becoming ill during a broadcast of the Rio Olympic Games.[7] In a subsequent conversation with BBC Test Match Special cricket commentator, Jonathan Agnew, Maxwell stated that his voice is fine but as a result of a stroke, the usage of his right hand has become a problem. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jim Maxwell". Test Match Special. British Broadcasting Corporation. 17 October 2002. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Jim Maxwell". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Peter Cundall and Jim Maxwell". Conversations with Richard Fidler. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Jim Maxwell". ABC Grandstand. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  5. ^ Lewis, Daniel (11 November 2012). "At home with Jim Maxwell". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.primaryclub.com/about
  7. ^ Levy, Megan (16 August 2016). "Jim Maxwell in hospital after falling ill during Rio Olympics broadcast". smh.com.au. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Legendary Australian commentator Jim Maxwell in conversation with Jonathan Agnew". bbc.co.uk. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

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