Watch first Ashes Test Australia vs England live online

Posted: 8 December 2021 8:15 am
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The long wait is finally over. Another Ashes contest is here and you can watch it all live and on demand.

Cricket fans have had to wait a long time since the last battle between Australia and the old enemy England. So much has happened since a drawn 2-2 series ended in September 2019, not least of which has been the global pandemic.

That draw meant Australia retained the urn as holders and will fiercely attempt to defend it once more on home soil. England are sure to bring their best too in what is among the most intense battles in world cricket.

When is the first Ashes Test?

The first Test will run from 8–12 December and is being held at the traditional venue of The Gabba in Brisbane. Queensland's border opens the day after the Test concludes, but fans are at least welcome back into the stadium.

How to watch the first Ashes Test live online

You have a number of options to watch this first Test in Australia. There is live coverage on Channel 7, along with subscription options on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.

With its 14-day free trial and range of special features, we think Kayo Sports is the way to go. You can see the full viewing options for The Ashes in our detailed guide.

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Stream The Ashes on Kayo Sports

All 5 matches in this year's series will be live on Kayo Sports. After the free trial period, a Basic subscription costs $25 a month and comes with 2 simultaneous streams. There is also a Premium option for $35 a month and an additional screen.

On top of the Ashes Test matches, you can also get every single Big Bash League match live, including the finals series, along with loads more domestic and international cricket.

Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports and also has a range of unique viewing features. They include SplitView, Interactive Stats, a Key Moments timeline and Kayo Minis. Check out the details in our Kayo Sports review.

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Squads for first Ashes Test

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

England XI: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Who will win the first Ashes Test?

Most cricket fans will know about Australia's exceptional record in matches at The Gabba, particularly in The Ashes. The last time England defeated Australia at the ground was way back in 1986.

There have been some question marks over the Australian team for this Test, with doubts mainly surrounding the batting line-up. The pressure will be on the likes of Marcus Harris and Travis Head to prove they belong at this level. The home side has also endured plenty of drama, led by Tim Paine's dramatic resignation as captain.

England have been cagey about their squad, finally releasing their 12 selected players for the opening Test on Tuesday evening. We do know they are missing firebrand Jofra Archer for the entire series and ruled out spearhead James Anderson for the first Test at least.

Stuart Broad, who has often earned the ire of Australian crowds, is also a surprise absentee for this match. England skipper Joe Root will need to make runs in this series, while the dangerous Ben Stokes is also in the tourist's line-up.

We can't wait for it all to start and it's hard to go past an Australian victory to get the series rolling.

Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our full guide here. If you're not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.

Image source: Kayo Sports website

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