How to watch Australia vs Sri Lanka Test cricket series live and free
Australia will be keen to bounce back when they play 2 Test matches away to Sri Lanka.
Australia vs Sri Lanka enters the final phase this week with the start of the 2-match Test series.
The T20 series was won by Australia, but Sri Lanka struck back and won the ODI series.
Coming into the Test series, Australia are facing injury concerns, which have plagued them as the tour has progressed. Sri Lanka also had a strong showing in the ODI series so will be hoping that form carries over into the Test arena.
When do the Australia vs Sri Lanka Test matches start?
The 2-match Test series gets underway on Wednesday 29 June at 2:30pm AEST at Galle International Stadium.
What is the itinerary of tour matches?
- 7 June: First T20I, Colombo
- 8 June: Second T20I, Colombo
- 11 June: Third T20I, Kandy
- 14 June: First ODI, Kandy
- 16 June: Second ODI, Kandy
- 19 June: Third ODI, Colombo
- 21 June: Fourth ODI, Colombo
- 24 June: Fifth ODI, Colombo
- 29 June – 3 July: First Test, Galle
- 8–12 July: Second Test, Galle
How to watch Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series live
To see which might suit you best, you can see a comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel here.
How to watch Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series on Kayo Sports
Aside from catching every match of the series, you get a heap of unique special features live on Kayo Sports. New customers can use this 14-day free trial and test it all out, which means you could watch the Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series for free.
After the free trial, subscriptions to Kayo start from $25 a month and you can watch on only 1 device at a time. For $27.50 a month you can watch 2 streams simultaneously. If you're after a third stream then you can upgrade to the Premium subscription which is $35 a month.
Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, PlayStation 4 and 5 and selected Samsung, LG and Hisense TVs.
Live stream Australia vs Sri Lanka on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now
Stream Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series 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 a month) with Foxtel Plus ($49 a month). This makes the total bill $74 a month.
Foxtel iQ is the only broadcaster in Australia that offers users access to 4K sports content, which is a bonus.
Foxtel Now is another alternative for streaming Australia vs Sri Lanka via the Internet. To set it up, you must have the Essentials pack and the Sport pack. So for $54 a month, you can watch this series with Foxtel Now. It's more expensive than Kayo, but you also get access to movies and TV shows.
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.
Australia's squads for the tour of Sri Lanka
Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
T20I Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Matthew Wade
Australia vs Sri Lanka Test series preview
Although Australia won the last ODI match, Sri Lanka will enter the Test series full of confidence after claiming the overall series 3-2.
Sri Lanka won their last Test series back in May against Bangladesh. Australia were victorious in their most recent Test series against Pakistan in March.
Australia's confidence in the Test arena would be high after an away series win in Pakistan, yet their faith might be shaken ever so slightly after the recent ODI series loss in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka would be brimming with confidence after some standout performances in the ODI games.
Australia last toured Sri Lanka for a Test series in 2016, which the host nation won 3-0. Times have changed though, with Sri Lanka's bowling attack not as potent as it was then, even if their batting has improved. Plus Australia would be ever so slightly hardened by their recent Pakistan touring experience, but the conditions there weren't as favourable to spin as expected.
The big question for Australia will be their injury concerns and just how many frontline players will take part. The good news is Mitchell Starc was cleared to play after his finger injury, but Glenn Maxwell was drafted into the Test squad to cover for Travis Head, who is battling a hamstring strain to play.
Galle is the venue for both Tests and is expected to be bowler-friendly and particularly favourable to spin. That will mean Sri Lanka's spinners will have plenty to work with against an Australian side that traditionally doesn't fare too well on Asian pitches against spin.
Much like the whole tour so far, look for the pendulum to swing both ways, with the Test series ending in a 1-1 draw.
Keen to know more about streaming cricket? Head here for our full guide.
Image source: Kayo Sports website