How to watch New Zealand vs West Indies Test cricket series live and free in Australia
New Zealand are out to maintain their strong home form when they host the West Indies in 2 Tests this summer. Here's how to watch in Australia.
Such is the condensed nature of international cricket schedules these days, New Zealand and the West Indies meet in the first Test just three days after completing a Twenty20 series. NZ won that series 2-0, with the third T20 washed out at Mount Maunganui.
The Kiwis are second in the world Test rankings and will be eager to get back in the winner's circle after being handed a cricket lesson away to Australia last summer. West Indies are ranked eighth and will likely need some significant individual performances to compete with the hosts.
When is the New Zealand vs West Indies Test series?
The first Test gets underway at 9am AEDT on Thursday 3 December. Hamilton's Seddon Park is the venue. The full schedule is as follows:
- First Test: New Zealand vs West Indies, 9am AEDT, 3–7 December, Hamilton
- Second Test: New Zealand vs West Indies, 9am AEDT, 11–15 December, Wellington
How to watch the New Zealand vs West Indies Test series
Watch NZ vs West Indies Test series on Kayo Sports
We have put together a full Kayo review for you. Subscriptions for Kayo are $25 per month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.
There's also a number of special viewing features on Kayo, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, plus Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.
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Stream New Zealand vs West Indies 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 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 currently 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 sports 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. Or you could take up a current special that gives you all of Foxtel Now for $25 per month.
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.
NZ vs Windies Test squads
New Zealand (from): Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel
West Indies (from): Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach
Who will win the New Zealand vs West Indies Test series?
New Zealand are an excellent Test team playing in their own conditions and should comfortably account for the West Indies. The Kiwis do have some injury concerns though. Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the series, Ajaz Patel will miss the first Test, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling is also in doubt for Hamilton.
If Watling misses out, Tom Blundell will take the gloves and Will Young is expected to make his Test debut.
Windies captain Jason Holder, one of the premier all-rounders in world cricket, will shoulder huge responsibility for the tourists. Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will also need to go big for the West Indies to be competitive. He did just that in a warm-up match, scoring 246 against a Kiwi selection.