How to watch Australia vs New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test
Australia will play New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test. Can Australia redeem itself after last year's shock loss?
Once the Christmas ham and all those prawns have been consumed for another year, attention quickly turns to Boxing Day. For many Australians, that means one thing — cricket, but there's also plenty of other sport on this Boxing Day.
This year, Australia is hosting New Zealand in a clash between two great sporting rivals. With the Australians 1-0 up after their day-night victory in the first Test in Perth, they can wrap up the series with a win at the MCG.
Channel 7, Kayo Sports and Foxtel are your options to watch the Boxing Day Test. To watch from overseas scroll down.
What time does the Boxing Day Test start?
Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test gets underway at 11am AEDT on 26 December at the MCG. Depending on weather and the state of the game, it is scheduled to be held over 5 days.
How to watch Australia vs New Zealand on Channel 7
Channel 7 is the host broadcaster of international cricket in Australia for free-to-air television. It will be showing the cricket on both its main and HD channels.
It can switch to 7mate at times due to other commitments and may do so in this case due to the Sydney to Hobart, so be sure to keep an eye on your local TV guide.
7's coverage of the Boxing Day Test gets underway with a pre-game show starting at 10:30am AEDT before the action gets started at 11am AEDT. Channel 7 is unable to stream the cricket via the 7Plus app.
How to watch Australia vs New Zealand on Kayo Sports
If you are not already a Foxtel subscriber or are out on Boxing Day, Kayo Sports is the best option for watching the cricket. Firstly you can take advantage of Kayo's 14-day free trial to see all it has to offer and if it's right for you.
Kayo has coverage of more than 50 sports, so your sport of choice is almost certain to feature. It has also implemented a number of bonus features for you to enjoy. It includes SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once. With Key Moments, Interactive Stats and Kayo Minis, there are a range of features to enhance your viewing experience.
Add all of that to FOX CRICKET's expert commentators, the entire BBL and overseas cricket and you're looking at the most varied option on the market. And it's all beamed in HD.
A Basic Subscription with Kayo will cost you $25/month and gives you the option of viewing on two screens or devices at once. A Premium Subscription for $35/month adds another screen to your package. Subscriptions can also be cancelled at any time.
Kayo Sports is compatible on iOS or Android devices. You can also watch it on your television via Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV or Samsung TV (2018 models or later).
You can also tune in to the website using a PC or Mac. If you want more information, you can check out our full Kayo Sports review.
Watch the Boxing Day Test from overseas
If you're overseas this holiday period, you've got a few different options. If you're an existing Kayo Sports customer you could check out a VPN and stream the Boxing Day Test that way.
Also read: Watch South Africa vs England test series
Watch Boxing Day Test in the US
If you're in the US, you can tune into Australia vs New Zealand via Willow TV. Willow is only available in the US and costs US$9.99 monthly or US$45 a year.
There's an app you can download for iOS and Android devices. Otherwise Willow is also compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Android TV, Chromecast and Google TV.
The test begins in the US at 6:30pm (Eastern Time).
Live stream Boxing Day Test in the UK
Those in the UK can watch through BT Sport. The cheapest way to watch the Boxing Day Test is by signing up for the BT Sport Monthly Pass. This is a little more expensive and costs £25 and gives you access for a month.
You can also get hold of the platform a few other ways, but they all require you to be an existing BT Sport broadband or TV customer. Once more, there's an app available for iOS and Android devices. You can also watch on Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox One, Apple TV, PS4 or on the BT Sport website.
The Boxing Day Test begins in the UK at 11:15pm (GMT). As you'll see, BT Sport is a fairly pricey option. You may still be better off finding a VPN and signing up to the free trial on Kayo Sports.
Australia vs New Zealand — 1st Test recap
With New Zealand entering this match-up on the back of a series victory over England and a lofty second in the ICC Test rankings, they carried some high expectations. Sadly for the tourists, that did not prove the case in the first Test at Optus Stadium in Perth.
After winning the toss and batting, Australia's rising star Marnus Labuschagne smashed a superb 143 in the home side's first innings of 416 all out.
Following two early wickets, New Zealand looked reasonably well placed in reply with skipper Kane Williamson and fellow star batsman Ross Taylor at the crease. But the Black Caps suffered a dramatic collapse, falling from 2-77 to 166 all out.
Opting to bat again with a 250-run lead, Tim Paine's men added another 217 runs to leave the tourists a mammoth 467 runs to win the Test. They were never in the hunt.
Regular wickets fell as the Kiwis succumbed for just 171 in their second dig, losing by 296 runs. Mitchell Starc walked away with the man of the match award for his 9 wickets, including 5-52 in the second innings.
Australia vs New Zealand — Boxing Day Test preview
Much of the build-up to Boxing Day has centred on the state of the MCG pitch: dull and lifeless at one stage, dangerous and unplayable the next. That means there will be enormous interest in both the state of the wicket and the toss as Boxing Day unfolds.
Cricket pundits will also be looking for a response from New Zealand. The way they surrendered in Perth was disappointing for a side that has grafted its way to number two in the world. They will be stung by such a heavy first-Test loss and determined to hit back.
Yet this Australian team seems to be hitting its stride. Humbled by India last summer, the combative nature of the drawn Ashes series appears to have added some mettle to the line-up. A swift dismissal of a fledgling Pakistan team to get this summer started added a dose of confidence to the mix.
The injury to Josh Hazlewood is a blow, but the top-order batsmen are looking more solidified and Steve Smith is yet to fire. It could all add up to more trouble for our near neighbours.
Image Source: Kayo Sports website
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