How to watch Pakistan vs Australia Test cricket series live and free
Australia will be reviving memories of 1998 when their long-awaited tour of Pakistan kicks off this Friday.
Last time Australia toured Pakistan back in 1998, the series was headlined by Mark Taylor's extraordinary 334* at Peshawar. Australia went on to win that series 1-0 without an injured Shane Warne.
Pakistan enter this series with a few injury concerns, with star fast bowler Haris Rauf also struck down with COVID-19. For the visitors it will be their first Test series since the controversial departure of former coach Justin Langer.
When is Pakistan vs Australia First Test?
The first Test begins at 4pm AEDT on Friday 4 March in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
How to watch Pakistan vs Australia?
The rights to stream the series rest with Fox Cricket. Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have the rights to the series courtesy of Fox Cricket.
Stream Pakistan vs Australia on Kayo Sports
You can also catch every match of the series and a heap of unique special features live on Kayo Sports. New customers can use this 14-day free trial and test it all out.
Kayo is compatible with iOS, Android, Apple TV, PS4, PS5, Telstra TV, Samsung TV (2017 or later), LG TV and Android TV in browsers as well as Chromecast.
Subscriptions to Kayo start from $25 per month and let you watch on 2 devices at once. If you're after a third simultaneous stream then you can upgrade to the Premium subscription which is $35 monthly.
Stream Pakistan vs Australia on Foxtel
You can also catch the cricket on Foxtel iQ or stream it on Foxtel Now. For Foxtel iQ, you need to combine the Sports HD pack ($25 per month) with the Foxtel Plus package ($49 per month). This blows the total monthly bill out to $74 per month.
Foxtel iQ is the only broadcaster in Australia that offers users access to 4K sports content, which is a bonus. You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, although Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.
Foxtel Now is another alternative for streaming sport via the Internet. To set it up, you must have the Essentials pack for $25 per month and the Sport pack for an additional $29 per month. So for $54 per month, you can watch this match-up with Foxtel Now.
You can stream Foxtel Now from the Foxtel Now box, PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4 and Telstra TV. Your subscription also allows you to stream via the Foxtel GO app and there's a 10-day free trial for new customers.
Pakistan vs Australia Test squads
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Wasim, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood. Reserves: Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Haris
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner. On standby: Sean Abbott, Brendan Doggett, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Renshaw
Who will win Pakistan vs Australia?
Form lines coming into this series are more difficult to assess than normal, for no current Australian team member has played international cricket in Pakistan before. Pakistan have won the last 2 series played outside of Australia, both of which were played in the United Arab Emirates.
Australia crushed Pakistan 3-0 in the most recent series, which was played in Australia in the summer of 2018/19.
Pakistan fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf will both miss the first Test as will allrounder Faheem Ashraf in a tough blow for the locals. Australia on the other hand will be wrestling with how to structure their attack, given they have selected 3 spinners in the touring squad, and the first Test pitch looks very flat.
Pakistan were historically hard to beat at home. We sense that will remain the case in this series.
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