How to watch the 2019 Ashes cricket series online: Fifth 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.
|Series||Test||Date||Teams||Venue||Start Time (AEST)||Where to Watch|
|The Ashes||Fifth Test||September 12-16||Englands vs Australia||The Oval||8:00pm||9Gem, 9Now|
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.
The Ashes Fifth Test at The Oval: Australia vs England Guide
Australia have retained the Ashes, after defeating England in the Fourth Test at Old Trafford. It is the first time in 18 years that the Aussies have won the urn on English soil.
Thanks in large part to the return of Steve Smith, who managed a double century in the first innings, the result never looked in doubt. The heroics of Smith in this series are almost hard to put into words. He has toppled record after record, suffered a concussion - causing him to miss a game - and reclaimed his status as the number one ranked test batsman in the world.
Some redemption story for the former test captain, returning from his ban from the national team. This is the first time he has been sighted playing red ball cricket since the infamous ball tampering incident.
Though the 2019 Ashes series has already been decided, there is still another match to be played. The Fifth test will either see Australia pour salt upon British wounds, or let England restore some pride.
England Ashes 5th test team news
Batsman Jason Roy has been dropped for the final test. After struggling with the bat the entire series, Australia's bowlers will probably be the most disappointed humans at seeing Roy dumped. He was proving to be an easy wicket.
Seamer Craig Overton has also missed the cut for the final test at The Oval. Allrounder Sam Curran and paceman Chris Woakes have been recalled for the finale, boosting the pace attack's arsenal.
England has said the changes to the XI is due to the health of Ben Stokes, who has a niggling shoulder issue and won't bowl during the game. Stokes has undoubtedly been England's best player through the series and will now move up the order to number four, playing as a specialist batsman.
Australia Ashes 5th test team news
As we've seen throughout the series, the selectors and captain Tim Paine haven't shied away from making changes.
David Warner, spectacular when in form, has been woeful in the 2019 Ashes series, averaging just a tickle over nine. Though, to the surprise of some, it will be vice-captain Travis Head who's left out of the squad and not Matthew Wade or Warner.
Mitch Marsh's revolving door relationship in the line-up will continue, as he returns at the vice-captain's expense. Without a doubt, his recall is sure to be deplored by Aussie fans. But perhaps that is unfair. He has played well in the tour matches, and actually gave up a $3,000,000 dollar payday in the IPL to be available for The Ashes. In that respect, it's nice to see Mitchell Marsh's passion for Test cricket paying off.
Selectors justified Head's axing for Marsh by suggesting his bowling was needed to manage the workload of the rest of the quicks.
Meanwhile, Hazlewood and Cummins have both been stunning in the field, yet have bowled a lot of deliveries. It was thought one would be left out so veteran Peter Siddle can get an Ashes' swansong. However, just before the first delivery, it was Mitchell Starc.
Who won The Ashes 2019?
Despite being ranked one place higher than Australia at four on the ICC test match team rankings, it's England who went into the the 2019 Ashes series need to go on the front foot. The Aussies were defending champions after winning The Ashes during the 2017/18 edition. A drawn series was enough for Australia to reclaim the urn, but the baggy greens sealed it with a victory in the fourth test at Old Trafford.
In 2019, The Ashes begun later than usual 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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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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