How to watch Australia vs India Test cricket series live and free
Australia vs England and India vs Pakistan are huge match-ups in world cricket. But this clash between Australia and India really is box office stuff. Australia won the preceding ODI series and India the T20s, serving as the ideal appetiser for these four Test matches.
Australia are notoriously difficult to beat in their home conditions, although India now have some fearsome fast bowlers to match the locals on fast, bouncy pitches. India captain Virat Kohli will play only the opening day night Test in Adelaide before returning home for the birth of his first child.
When is the Australia vs India first Test?
The first Test is a day-night match and gets underway at 3pm AEDT on Thursday 17 December. Adelaide Oval is the venue. The full schedule is as follows:
- 1st Test: Australia vs India, 3pm AEDT, 17–21 December, Adelaide
- 2nd Test/Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India, 10:30am AEDT, 26–30 December, Melbourne
- 3rd Test/New Year's Test: Australia vs India, 10:30am AEDT, 7–11 January, Sydney
- 4th Test: Australia vs India, 10:30am AEDT, 15–19 January, Brisbane
How to watch the Australia vs India Test series
You can watch the Test series live on free-to-air television via Channel 7. It's worth nothing it will not be available on its streaming platform, 7plus. For streaming options, you could consider signing up to Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. We'd recommend Kayo Sports as it's the cheapest option and has the longest free trial when comparing it to Foxtel.
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Watch Australia vs India Test series on free-to-air television
As stated above, you can catch this series on Channel 7. If you are after a traditional broadcast, this will suffice. If you are after a streaming platform for the Test series you'll have to look elsewhere.
Watch AUS vs IND Test series on Kayo Sports
Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial for new users. So you can catch this battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and much more for zero cost during the trial period.
Kayo also has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis, which will be available at the end of each day throughout the series. Catch highlights in real time with the Key Moments feature, while Kayo is again offering Hindi commentary for every Test.
All up, Kayo has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you. After the trial period, subscriptions for Kayo are $25 per month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.
It's compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Stream Australia vs India Test series on Foxtel
Another option for watching some world-class cricket action is on Foxtel iQ or streaming 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), a total of $74 per month. So it is significantly more expensive than Kayo.
Foxtel iQ is the only broadcaster in Australia that offers users access to 4K sports content. You may find you're up for some installation costs, although Foxtel iQ deals are regularly available.
Foxtel Now is another alternative. 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 these great cricketing rivals 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.
AUS vs IND Test squads:
Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Moises Henriques, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson
Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha,, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Injured stars David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Will Pucovski are all unavailable for the first Test, but may come into contention later in the series.
Who will win the Australia vs India Test series?
It should be high-quality, tough cricket but we predict Australia will prevail on home turf. They wiped the floor with New Zealand last summer and boast a tremendously well-rounded bowling attack. Back-up quick James Pattinson would walk into most Test teams on the planet.
To stand a fighting chance, India must take advantage of Kohli's presence and win the first Test. The seamers should dominate in Adelaide, but the spinners will get more and more useful as the series progresses. You'll want to tune in.
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