The name Michael Slater (or Slats) is synonymous with Australian sport. Every bit the quintessential Aussie, Michael has been a welcome edition to Australian households for over 20 years, both on and off the cricket pitch.
A product of Wagga Wagga, his was a meteoric rise. Michael occupied a position at the top of the Australian Test batting line-up for close to a decade, frequenting his signature trait of kissing his helmet whenever he reached three figures. Michael played his last Test against England in August 2001 but continued to play State Cricket.
A specialist right-hand batsman as well as a very occasional bowler, Slater represented the New South Wales Blues in Australian domestic cricket and played English County cricket with Derbyshire. He then went on to open the batting with success in Test cricket, with an average of 42.
It wasn’t long after putting down the bat that Michael picked up a microphone, kicking off what has proven to be a stellar career as one of Australia’s best sports commentators. Having previously worked with Channel 4, SkyNZ, ABC Radio, ESPN, BskyB, Sony and Triple M, Michael’s current presenting line-up includes, Channel 9’s Wide World of Sports, Channel 9’s ‘The Cricket Show’, co-host of the Logie Award winning, ‘The Footy Show’ and co-host of Sky Sports Radio’s flagship program ‘Big Sports Breakfast’, which he hosts five days a week.
Michael’s iconic reputation and exceptional communication skills have made him a sought after MC and ambassador. He has worked with many leading brand including Toyota, XXXX, QANTAS, Lumley Insurance, KFC, Mazda, Sensis, Nissan Farmer’s Union’s Iced Coffee and is currently an ambassador (with his family) for Rebel Sports. The typical Aussie dad, Michael loves spending time with his wife Jo, and young children Jack, Sophia and Charlie.