How to watch Australia vs New Zealand Test series live and free
Australia and New Zealand begin their 3-match series with a day-night Test match in Perth on 12 December.
Update: Here's how to watch the New Years Test.
Having comfortably overcome a young Pakistan side in two one-sided Tests on home soil, a far sterner contest awaits Tim Paine's Australia vs New Zealand in a three test series.
The Black Caps prevailed 1-0 in a high-scoring, two-Test series against England over the past month, a perfect warm-up to take on their trans-Tasman rivals.
Australia's last fixtures in the Test arena prior to Pakistan were the evenly fought Ashes series in England, when the tourists largely had Steve Smith to thank for their battling 2-2 return. Against Pakistan, Mitchell Starc and David Warner in particular roared back to top form.
But in Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and player of the series against England Neil Wagner, among others, the Black Caps have plenty of match winners of their own.
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When is the Australia vs New Zealand Test series?
The first Test starts on 12 December at Perth's Optus Stadium at 1pm local time (4pm AEDT). There is then a 10-day break before the traditional Boxing Day Test at the MCG and New Year showdown at the SCG follow.
How to watch Australia vs New Zealand Test cricket series
We have already made life easy for you by putting together Finder's guide on how to stream live cricket, listing the various internationals and competitions for the season. But we will also give you the full overview here.
When it comes to Test matches, there are free-to-air, pay TV and subscription offerings. Channel 7 is the home of free-to-air Test cricket, but to help you get through what can sometimes be a grinding five-day affair, it's good to have options.
Kayo Sports and Foxtel iQ both provide access to the action through Fox Cricket. Kayo offers a range of unrivalled features we will get to shortly. Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that offers 4K coverage.
Watch Australia vs New Zealand on free-to-air TV
The 2018-19 domestic season brought with it a major changing of the guard when Channel 7 took the rights from long-time holder Nine. There were mixed reviews at the time and Channel 7 is likely to have fine-tuned its approach.
For free-to-air, tune into Channel 7 across Australia. It has HD and SD options, but can not stream the cricket via the 7Plus app.
Live stream Australia vs New Zealand via Kayo Sports
Kayo is proving to be a game changer in the Australian sports marketplace, improving its viewing features while maintaining its coverage of over 50 sports.
With exclusive offerings like SplitView where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats and Key Moments, Kayo can't be matched for viewing options. Kayo Minis are also available 30 minutes after stumps each day. Combined with FOX CRICKET'S expert commentators, it's the most varied option on the market.
Spidercam is also back, branded this year as the Toyota Flying Fox. In 2019-20 it is a dedicated all-day feed for Kayo subscribers to watch every ball, wicket, key moment and boundary from a unique perspective. Simply select the option to change views on a compatible device.
The Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you stream to two devices simultaneously. There is also a Pro option for $35/month that lets you stream to three devices.
Kayo also offers a 14-day free trial so you can road-test the entire service and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.
There are a wide number of compatible devices, including Android and iOS, or on your television through Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV or Samsung TV (2018 or later). You can also watch via the website on PC, laptop or Mac. For more information see our full Kayo Sports review.
Watch Australia vs New Zealand on Foxtel iQ
One of the biggest selling points for Foxtel iQ is the fact it is the only Australian broadcaster that has sports coverage in 4K on the iQ4 box.
Current subscribers can add the Sports HD pack for $25/month and begin watching the action when it gets underway at Optus Stadium. If you're a new subscriber, it starts to get significantly more expensive.
Do your best to find a special offer as right now the new base pack Foxtel Plus is mandatory and costs $49/month. Bundled with sport it becomes $74/month. You get access to Foxtel First and Foxtel GO, but you're also looking at installation costs unless you can find a deal.
Stream Australia vs New Zealand on Foxtel Now
Foxtel has its own streaming service, Foxtel Now. For sports content, you need the mandatory Essentials pack for $25/month, with Fox Cricket a further $29/month on top of that via the Sport pack.
Foxtel Now is available to watch on iOS and Android devices, Android TV, the Foxtel Now box, PlayStation 4, Telstra TV, Chromecast, Airplay, PC and Mac. There is a 10-day trial for new customers and you also get access to the Foxtel GO app so you can watch from anywhere.
Who will win Australia vs New Zealand?
This time last year, the Australians were still riding through a period of great uncertainty following the sandpaper drama that rocked the foundations of the sport.
Under Tim Paine's leadership, there is at least a semblance of stability now and they will need it against the Black Caps.
Smith conceded in the lead-up to this series that the Kiwis can be underestimated at times, but that won't be the case starting in Perth.
It is a very tough series to call, with both teams certain to have their moments of holding the upper hand. The likes of Williamson, Taylor and Trent Boult will want to perform in Australian conditions. Smith will also want to quickly rebound from a quiet series against Pakistan.
Home ground advantage could be enough to narrowly sway the series Australia's way as they attempt to climb from their current standing of fifth in the ICC Test rankings. New Zealand are currently ranked second, behind India. It will be far from easy, but let's call it 2-1 to the home side.
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Australia vs New Zealand test squads
Australian coach made just the one change to the squad that annihilated Pakistan. Cameron Bancroft was cut loose, but he never played against Pakistan anyway.
Australia test squad
Tim Paine (C), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marns Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
New Zealand test squad
Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.
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