How to watch the 2019 Ashes cricket series online: Third Test
It doesn't get any bigger in 2019 than The Ashes. It's Australia vs England for five memorable tests and you can watch it all on TV or live stream it to any device.
The Ashes brings with it yet another chapter in the Australia vs England cricket rivalry and the first test begins on 1 August 2019. The Australian Test Cricket team will battle it out with the England team across five matches, all played on English soil.
Despite being ranked one place higher than Australia at four on the ICC test match team rankings, it's England who must go on the front foot. The Aussies are defending champions after winning The Ashes during the 2017/18 edition. In 2019, The Ashes is starting off late due to the Cricket World Cup, which took place through the start of winter.
As well as The Ashes, these games will also be the first test matches of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship of test cricket. It's a World Cup of sorts for test cricket, that will not be completed until 2021.
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Watch The Ashes Third Test at Headingley: Australia vs England
The Third Test between Australia vs England in the 2019 Ashes series will begin on August 22. Australians can tune in from 8.00pm (AEST).
The big news going into the third test is that Steve Smith, the world's best batsman, is out. Due to a concussion suffered after a brutal Jofra Archer bouncer struck him in the base if the skull, the Australian has not been passed fit to play. It's a devasting blow to the Aussies, with Smith the conductor in the team's first test win, and the main reason the lads from down under held on for a draw in the second match. Smith is expected to be replaced in the team by Marcus Labuschagne.
It's not the only change the Aussies are expected to make. Cameron Bancroft's four failures in a row is expected to see him get the axe. Marcus Harris is the man likely to get the nod. Meanwhile veteran Peter Siddle is expected to make way for paceman James Patterson in yet another rotation of the Australian bowlers. Still no place for Mitchell Starc then.
England, on the other hand, is expected to go into the third test with the same team that almost sneaked a victory out of the rain affected second test. The side isn't without its wobbles, with both Joe Root and Jason Roy in particular under pressure, but selectors are expected to stay true.
It means the big drama will be the weather, yet again. Heavy rain is expected to kick off the opening day with some suggestions a ball may not even be bowled. The last four days of the test, however, are claiming sunshine.
How to watch The Ashes live cricket in Australia
If you're looking to watch The Ashes fixtures from Australia, you're in luck – they will be available on free-to-air, with coverage exclusive to the Nine Network. You can tune in every match day on 9Gem or live stream the games on 9Now, the network's streaming platform. You need to sign up for an account, but it's completely free to use.
9Now is compatible with basically every device imaginable; PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, PS4, ChromeCast/Airplay and Apple TV. You will need to stream the tests live as replays will not be available on 9Now. However, you can tune in for daily highlights.
The Ashes test fixture dates and TV coverage start times
The first test is scheduled to take place between 1-5 August. While fixtures will begin at 8:00pm (AEST), coverage is scheduled to kick off every day at 7:30pm. Former tennis champion Todd Woodbridge will act as host of Ashes 2019 on Nine (for some reason).
- England vs Australia – First Test, 1-5 August at Edgbaston
- Australia vs England – Second Test, 14-18 August at Lord's
- England vs Australia – Third Test, 22-26 August at Headingley
- Australia vs England – Fourth Test, 4-8 September at Old Trafford
- England vs Australia – Fifth Test, 12-16 September at The Oval
How to watch other international cricket tests, ODIs and the Big Bash
If you're a dedicated cricket fan, you likely want to keep up with all the major competitions and series occurring across the globe. This includes T20s, ODIs, every Big Bash game, series games not involving Australia, World Cups and international matches.
While some tournaments are available on free-to-air via Seven and Nine, it's Foxtel and Kayo Sports that offer the most extensive cricket coverage year-round. Not only live, but on demand and alongside chat shows, documentaries, news and more compliments of the dedicated FOX CRICKET channel. You can expect to find every Gillette ODI and T20 series match and every KFC Big Bash League game live as just the start.
Here's how you can tune in.
Live stream international cricket tests with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports, including a ton of cricket. You can purchase a Basic subscription for $25 a month, which enables you to stream on two screens at the same time. Alternatively, you can get a Premium subscription which supports three simultaneous streams. Regardless of which option you choose, you'll unlock the platform's extensive library of content, which includes live streams, documentaries, chat shows and replays.
Besides cricket coverage, Kayo Sports boasts several unique and incredibly appealing features catered to sports fans. Subscribers can use SplitView to watch up to four videos on the same screen at once or use Interactive Stats to dive into a world of facts and figures. For users short on time, Key Moments lets you go right to the action that matters in selected matches. Meanwhile Kayo Mini offers condensed versions of key match-ups in 20 minutes or less.
Moreover, Kayo Sports has a built-in No Spoilers setting which prevents you from finding out the score when you're running later. There's a great, modern user-interface, gameday hub page and more. Read our full Kayo Sports review for more information.
The platform has a 14-day free trial for new users. Kayo Sports is compatible with PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets, and on TVs via Android TV devices, Telstra TV, Apple TV or ChromeCast.
Watch international cricket tests with Foxtel IQ
Foxtel IQ subscribers with the Sports Package enjoy 12 dedicated channels with extensive coverage of sports from all over the world, including FOX CRICKET. You can watch sports live on the TV through your set-top box. Alternatively, you canstream the action to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel Go. The app is available for free for all Foxtel subscribers.
Besides, new users get to enjoy the iQ4, Foxtel's shiny set-top box. It enables you to watch over 250 sporting events this year live, some of them in 4K Ultra HD quality. Add the recent integration of Netflix and now's the perfect time to give pay TV a try. The Sports Pack is generally priced at $29 a month, but there are always Foxtel IQ deals available, so you may be able to score a discount.
You'll also need to pay an additional $10 a month if you want the Foxtel HD/UHD experience. All up you're looking at around $68 a month for sports in HD. As such, it's definitely a premium expense over a service like Kayo.
Live stream international cricket tests with Foxtel Now
Alternatively, cricket fans who don't want pay TV can keep up with their cricket action via Foxtel Now, the platform that lets you watch Foxtel channels live via the Internet or tune in on demand. You'll need the Sports Pack, which costs $29 a month. This is a premium offering, so you need to already be subscribed to the base Essentials pack. At that point you can add Sports to your Foxtel Now subscription. Essentials costs $25 a month and offers a mix of Lifestyle and Pop channels.
Foxtel Now is compatible with PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets. It's also on PS4, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, Sony Android TVs and the Foxtel Now Box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
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