Aussie Free to Air Cricket Network GEM Expands 2019 World Cup TV Schedule


The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has just become more accessible, with Australia’s official free to air broadcaster, Channel Nine, adding extra matches to their schedule. Originally announcing just 12 of the 48 matches would be televised, Network Nine has grabbed rights to a further six group games, for a total of 18 Cricket World Cup free to air TV fixtures to be shown live in Australia.

Network Nine originally announced that just twelve Cricket World Cup free to air matches would be available to Australian fans, a schedule that included Australia’s nine Group Stage matches, the two semi-finals and the final. No doubt the addition of extra games will please those wanting to watch a couple more matches involving teams that are in pursuit of the ICC Cricket World Cup, including a few that may have an impact on Australia’s best hopes for going ‘back-to-back’. Here’s what’s known about this CWC19 programing change at this time.

Nine expands Cricket World Cup Free to Air TV schedule

The additional six matches will be aired on 9Gem and include some of the more intriguing matches to be played during the Group Stage. It all kicks off with the tournament opener between South Africa and England on May 30, then proceeds to the always tense clash between India and Pakistan on June 16, followed by the much anticipated match-up between England and India on June 30, all set to be shown live on free to air TV. The other three additions to Channel Nine’s docket are England vs Pakistan (June 3), New Zealand vs South Africa (June 19) and England vs New Zealand on July 3.

While this no doubt represents a significant expansion of the World Cup coverage on Network Nine, it should be noted that beyond the opening match (England vs South Africa) and the clash involving England vs Pakistan, the other fixtures on 9GEM cannot be confirmed until their TV guide is updated. It is also still far short of the entire 48 matches that will be available live on both Foxtel and the streaming service Kayo Sports, as shown in the complete TV fixtures that are displayed below this page. The Nine/GEM telecasts will also include peak time ad-breaks, and there’s no indication that TV replays of the matches will be available either, but it still will be some good news for Australian Cricket World Cup fans should it all come together.

Nine/GEM 2019 Cricket World Cup Live TV fixtures

Date Event Time Channel
Wednesday 12 June LIVE: Australia v Pakistan 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 15 June  LIVE: Australia v Sri Lanka 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 16 June LIVE: India v Pakistan 7.30pm GEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 19 June LIVE: NZ v South Africa 7.30pm GEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 20 June LIVE: Australia v Bangladesh 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 25 June LIVE: Australia v England 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 29 June LIVE: Australia v New Zealand 10.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 30 June LIVE: India v England 7.30pm GEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 3 July LIVE: New Zealand v England 7.30pm GEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 6 July LIVE: Australia v South Africa 10.30pm GEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 10 July (reserve) LIVE: India vs New Zealand 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 11 July LIVE: Australia vs England 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 14 July LIVE: New Zealand v England 7.30pm Nine / Foxtel / Kayo
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Channel 9 and 9GEM Broadcasting Guide – Group Matches

The CWC19 programing on channel Nine will be headed by Rebecca Maddern, who will be joined by former Australian captains Mark Taylor and Lisa Sthalekar, as well as former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy. The commentary team itself includes even more big names, with Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Melanie Jones, Wasim Akram, and Michael Clarke included among those set to take you through every delivery of the action from these 18 games, should the newly added fixtures hold up.

As seen in the more recent ICC World Cup editions, there will be a central production of the matches that will be nearly identical across Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Nine/GEM during the live on-air action. One of the biggest differences between the networks is the fact that Nine/GEM will feature regular ad-breaks during play, while Foxtel/Kayo are promising no ad-breaks during the live action, and a host of unique World Cup documentaries and other Cricket programming.

The 2019 edition of the ICC World Cup is the 12th in the historic series, with the first delivery set to be bowled on May 30th. Taking place across England and Wales, the vast majority will kick off during prime-time viewing in Australia, and with all but seven matches to begin at 7.30pm AEST, it’s going to be a big month and a half of cricket.

Cricket World Cup Live Aussie TV: Full Schedule (AEST)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Due to licensing agreement the World Cup of Cricket free to air coverage on Network Nine is limited to matches involving the Australian national team, select additional Group contests, as well as the semi-finals and finals. Alternatively, Foxtel and Kayo Sports offer live broadcasts of all 48 matches on the CWC19 schedule.

A glance at the below World Cup TV fixtures reveals some intriguing upcoming matches that will absolutely impact the final Group standings, including two that will be available on GEM – India vs England (June 30th) and England vs New Zealand (July 3). With Australia, India and New Zealand having a firm hold on the top three positions, this leaves host England in the unexpected position of having to win both of their remaining matches. Should England falter, the Bangladesh Tigers, Sri Lanka Lions and Pakistan would be next in line to qualify for a trip to the Quarter-finals, so depending how things shake out some dates worth circling include June 28, June 29, July 1, July 2 and July 5.

DateEventTimeChannel
Thursday 6 JuneAustralia v West Indies7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 7 JunePakistan v Sri Lanka7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 8 JuneEngland v Bangladesh7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 8 JuneAfghanistan v New Zealand10.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sunday 9 JuneIndia v Australia7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Monday 10 JuneSouth Africa v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 11 JuneBangladesh v Sri Lanka7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 12 JuneAustralia v Pakistan7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 13 JuneIndia v New Zealand7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Friday 14 JuneEngland v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 15 JuneSri Lanka v Australia7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 15 JuneSouth Africa v Afghanistan10.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sunday 16 JuneIndia v Pakistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Monday 17 JuneWest Indies v Bangladesh7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 18 JuneEngland v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 19 JuneNew Zealand v South Africa7.30pmGEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 20 JuneAustralia v Bangladesh7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 21 JuneEngland v Sri Lanka7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 22 JuneIndia v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 22 JuneWest Indies v New Zealand10.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sunday 23 JunePakistan v South Africa7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Monday 24 JuneBangladesh v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 25 JuneEngland v Australia7.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 26 JuneNew Zealand v Pakistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Thursday 27 JuneWest Indies v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Friday 28 JuneSri Lanka v South Africa7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 29 JunePakistan v Afghanistan7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 29 JuneNew Zealand v Australia10.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 30 JuneEngland v India7.30pmGEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Monday 1 JulySri Lanka v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 2 JulyBangladesh v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Wednesday 3 JulyEngland v New Zealand7.30pmGEM / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 4 JulyAfghanistan v West Indies7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Friday 5 JulyPakistan v Bangladesh7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 6 JulySri Lanka v India7.30pmFoxtel / Kayo
Saturday 6 JulyAustralia v South Africa10.30pmNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Tuesday 9 JulySemi Finals 1st vs 4thNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 11 JulySemi Finals 2nd vs 3rdNine / Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 14 JulyCricket World Cup FinalNine / Foxtel / Kayo