Australia, as one of the oldest and most influential cricketing nations in the world, always has a major role to play in all formats of the game, and a calendar filled to the brim with important matches.
With Australia travelling to England for The Ashes, and much more set to take place over the coming months, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the action, but using the information provided here you won’t have to miss a minute when watching live on TV or streaming the matches to a mobile device.
2019 Ashes Preview: England vs Australia
Despite a promising performance in the Group Stage, the ICC World Cup 2019, the biggest tournament in cricket, was ultimately an unsuccessful one for Australia, who were bundled out by old rivals and eventual winners England in the semi-finals. The Aussies won’t have to wait long to get their revenge though, albeit in a different format of the game, with the biggest Test series in world cricket set to begin on the first day of August. Arguably the most significant rivalry in world cricket, The Ashes have been played 70 times since the inaugural edition of the event in 1883, with the winner laying claim to the famous urn as well as bragging rights for the roughly two year period that separates each series.
Australia has been dominant in terms of overall wins – they’ve been victorious in 134 matches compared to England’s 106 – but the series results are much closer, with Australia having won 33 times compared to England’s 32. That edge held by Australia is largely courtesy of a period between 1989 and 2003 during which they won eight in a row, but England has since wrestled back momentum to win five of the last eight, and you won’t have to miss a key minute when you can mobile stream cricket live with the apps and devices listed here.
Following The Ashes, the Aussie’s will head back home for what looms as a huge summer of cricket. It kicks off with a number of T20I’s, with first Sri Lanka and then Pakistan heading to Australia for respective three-match series’ throughout October and November. Pakistan will then stick around to play three Test matches in a series which Australia will be hoping is a comparatively easy one in the lead-up to a visit from cross-Pacific rivals, New Zealand. The Kiwis, fresh off a heart-breaking final at the World Cup, will make the journey across the pond for three Test matches, including the Boxing Day Test, in a series which is sure to be full of passion, and using the options listed in this guide you won’t have to miss a key moment of Australia’s post-Ashes competition.
The Ashes LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Thurs Aug 1 – Monday Aug 5||LIVE: England v Australia Test 1||8.00pm||Nine / 9Now|
|Wed Aug 14 – Sunday Aug 18||LIVE: England v Australia Test 2||8.00pm||Nine / 9Now|
|Thurs Aug 22 – Monday Aug 26||LIVE: England v Australia Test 3||8.00pm||Nine / 9Now|
|Wed Sept 4 – Sunday Sept 8||LIVE: England v Australia Test 4||8.00pm||Nine / 9Now|
|Sunday Sept 12 – Mon Sept 16||LIVE: England v Australia Test 5||8.00pm||Nine / 9Now|
All fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Due to broadcasting agreement Channel Nine is the official The Ashes free to air provider in Australia.
Stream Cricket Live and Free
Channel 9 is the exclusive Ashes free to air broadcaster in Australia, and will be televising every Test match live, while also offering The Ashes live streaming across the 9Now app. However, Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide LIVE coverage of each and every Test, T20 and ODI involving Australia that takes place immediately after the Ashes have concluded (See TV fixtures below). This includes replays of the action you may have missed, and the option to watch the scheduled Cricket broadcasts online with compatible devices.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out Kayo Sports which is offering a 14 day free trial and will broadcast the New Zealand Tour of Sri Lanka (August 14 – Sept 6) and other key upcoming fixtures LIVE via the Fox Sports channel. Kayo offers live Cricket Australia streaming with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. Kayo also offers compact (about 20 minutes) Cricket on demand ‘Minis’ match replays, so you can conveniently catch-up on those late night finishes you may have missed.
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Sri Lanka Tour of Australia
The Australian summer of Cricket kicks off in October, with three yet to be confirmed matches against Bangladesh, followed by a quick visit from Sri Lanka to the grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. Travelling to Australia will be a most difficult task for Sri Lanka, but they did show some toughness in the World Cup so it could shape up to be an intriguing series.
|Sunday October 27 (1st T20)||LIVE: Australia v Sri Lanka||2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wed October 30 (2nd T20)||LIVE: Australia v Sri Lanka||7.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday November 1 (3rd T20)||LIVE: Australia v Sri Lanka||2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Pakistan Tour of Australia
Australia will spend the month of November facing off against Pakistan, who head to Australia for three T20I’s and three Test matches beginning on the third. Pakistan has made T20 cricket a focus in recent years and find themselves on top of the world rankings, so the Aussies will have their work cut out defeating them, even on home soil. Things should get a little easier once they switch to the longer form of the game though – Australia, though ranked fifth, have Steve Smith and David Warner back in the fold and are one of the most dangerous teams in world cricket, while Pakistan find themselves in seventh and will likely struggle to compete in the foreign conditions.
|Sunday November 3 (1st T20)||LIVE: Australia v Pakistan||2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday November 5 (2nd T20)||LIVE: Australia v Pakistan||7.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday November 8 (3rd T20)||LIVE: Australia v Pakistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thurs Nov 21 – Monday Nov 26||LIVE: Australia v Pakistan Test 1||11.00am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday Nov 29 – Tuesday Dec 3||LIVE: Australia v Pakistan Test 2||2.30pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
Australian Cricket TV Guide 2019-20 (Sydney time)
Fans are asking what time the Cricket matches start in Australia? Here’s the complete list including every Test, T20 and ODI. Among the broadcasts certain to gain high TV ratings with Australian viewers include each Test against England during the 2019 Ashes, World Cup rematches with Sri Lanka (Oct 27-Nov 1) and Pakistan (Nov 3-Dec 3), as well as the Southern Hemisphere bragging rights contest between Australia and the New Zealand All Blacks that starts in December.
|Thurs Dec 12 – Monday Dec 16||Australia v New Zealand Test 1||4.00pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thurs Dec 26 – Monday Dec 30||Australia v New Zealand Test 2||10.30am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday Jan 3 – Tuesday Jan 7||Australia v New Zealand Test 3||10.30am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 14 January||Australia v India 1st ODI||7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 17 January||Australia v India 2nd ODI||7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 19 January||Australia v India 3rd ODI||7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat 2 February||South Africa v Australia 1st T20||3.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun 3 February||South Africa v Australia 2nd T20||11.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri 27 February||South Africa v Australia 3rd T20||3.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat 29 February||South Africa v Australia 1st ODI||10.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wed 4 March||South Africa v Australia 2nd ODI||10.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat 7 March||South Africa v Australia 3rd ODI||7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 13 March||Australia v New Zealand ODI 1||2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 15 March||Australia v New Zealand ODI 2||10.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 20 March||Australia v New Zealand ODI 3||2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tues 24 March||New Zealand v Australia T20 1||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 27 March||New Zealand v Australia T20 2||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun 29 March||New Zealand v Australia T20 3||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
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Cricket Programming and ICC Viewership Guide
As Australian viewers experienced during the ICC World Cup broadcasts, there will be a central television production that will be nearly identical across Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Nine/GEM during the live on-air action when each is broadcasting. One of the biggest multi-channel differences will be that Nine/GEM will feature regular ad-breaks during play, while Foxtel/Kayo are promising ad-break free delivery during the live action, as well as host of Cricket documentaries and other specialised programming.
The ICC have also promised to deliver a “state-of-the-art graphics package to visually enhance the crucial scores and statistics”. Each broadcast will therefore have a minimum of 32 cameras situated through-out the stadium, to include eight high-tech motion detecting Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump-cams, as well as a “Spidercam”. As such, there will be 360-degree TV replays, as well as a variety of analytical and visual enhancements which include player tracking and “CricViz” data feeds. Also, the ICC will have a roving buggy camera on the ground, something Foxtel and Kayo Sports viewers experienced during the previous Summer of Cricket.
While the ICC is promising unique coverage, Kayo Sports is not to be outdone and will provide cricket fans with enhanced programming starting with Pakistan’s Tour of Australia in November. Special features available on Kayo in Australia will be on display throughout each Test and T20 contest, and include Kayo’s “No Spoilers” option which will enable fans who have missed the match entirely, or joined late, to switch off the scores and watch the action as if it were live. Kayo’s “Key Moments” option will also be available in the alternate coverage, which means fans will get quick access to all the match highlights. When selecting from the televised events video timeline, users can easily jump between any ‘Key Moment’ and the live action.
Watch Cricket Live in 4K HD
The 2019 year of cricket promises to be broadcast in a way never before seen by Foxtel’s newest offering, the 4K channel. The Ultra HD coverage will enable viewers to feel more immersed in the action, with the colours, sounds and movement of every delivery being broadcast with incredible clarity straight to your living room. While the feature was introduced for this year’s Bathurst 1000, and with great success, cricket ultimately will act as a pioneer for 4K, and every contest of the men’s international summer touring and all of this year’s Big Bash League games will be broadcast in the newest resolution. You’ll be able to see the intensity in Mitchell Starc’s facial expressions and hear the crack of each sweetly timed cover drive so clearly, you’ll feel as though you’re there.