Australia welcomes India for a four-match test series this summer, with the visitors hoping to make it back-to-back wins on Aussie soil. It’s certainly set up to be a fantastic head-to-head, and you can find out how to watch every delivery here.
Australia v India Test Series TV Preview
Historically, Australia has been an unhappy hunting ground for India. It took them 71 years to eventually claim a series win back in 2018/19. They now have a chance to stake a claim to be one of India’s best-ever teams with another win, led again by captain Virat Kohli.
But Australia is an altogether different proposition compared to that period, which came just after the infamous ‘sandpapergate‘ scandal. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne now sit within the top three in the world batsman rankings, along with Kohli.
Captain Tim Payne seems to have brought harmony back to the squad that was missing for a long time, and he should be given a lot of credit for Australia’s number one test ranking status. This series is a real chance for Australia to make a statement and say they are rightfully considered the best going into 2021.
Where to Watch or Stream The First Test
Fortunately, there are a variety of options for watching the first test match Live in Australia. These include Foxtel, Foxtel Now, Foxtel from Telstra, the Seven Network and Kayo Sports. Use this broadcasting guide to learn which broadcasters are televising Australia v India on TV, or how to stream the action live using a mobile device should it be more convenient.
Watch the First Test on Foxtel or Foxtel Now
Presented by Adam Gilchrist and Isa Guha, alongside former Australian spinner Shane Warne, Foxtel will have full live coverage of the Third Test in the series. Here in Australia, there are several options for accessing Foxtel Sports including Foxtel, Foxtel Now or Foxtel from Telstra. To watch on Foxtel with a set-top box using a Standard or HD TV, the best option is the Sport HD pack, which offers over 50 sports spread across 12 channels. Additionally, every Foxtel channel pack includes the option to stream the content free using the Foxtel Go app.
You also have the option to watch AUS v India online using Foxtel Now. For good measure, Foxtel Now is currently offering a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out all of its content before choosing your preferred pack (Sport, Drama, Movies and more). Should you decide to subscribe once your trial is finished, you can still cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. The entire 2020 First Test is currently available as part of the Foxtel Now Sport pack, which gives you instant access to all twelve sports channels available in their TV guide. Foxtel Now can be accessed using your favourite browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and a variety of mobile and internet connected devices. To watch on a Standard or HD TV, you can access the online platform with a Foxtel Now Box.
Alternatively, you can access the First Test (Dec 3-7) with Foxtel from Telstra. Foxtel from Telstra offers the exact same programming as Foxtel, but is often available at a reduced price and with no lock-in contract. With every Foxtel from Telstra package you can likewise stream the Boxing Day Test free using the Foxtel Go app and an eligible mobile device.
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Australia v India First Test on Network Seven
Seven have enlisted the likes of presenter Mel McGlaughlin alongside former Australian greats Glen McGrath and Ricky Ponting to head their TV coverage, which is the only First Test free to air provider in Australia. Spread between their Seven TV channel (NSW, Victoria) and their regional multi-channel 7Mate (QLD, SA, WA,TAS), the network will be providing live coverage of all Tests between Australia and the Black Caps, including the Third Test which runs from January 3rd through January 7th, 2020.
Seven won the free to air broadcast rights for test cricket from the end of 2018 from Channel Nine. The network’s deal runs through to 2024 and will also include the next Ashes series. It should be noted that there will be multiple ad-breaks during play, and there is also no TV replays available for those who want to catch up later. Likewise, you cannot stream Australia vs New Zealand via the 7Plus online platform, as Foxtel/Kayo have secured exclusive digital rights. The Australia men’s international ODIs and T20s will also not be available on Seven, their deal is exclusive to the televising of Test cricket.
|Thu Dec 17-21||Australia v India 1st Test||LIVE: 11.00am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat Dec 26-30||Australia v India 2nd Test||LIVE: 11.00am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat Jan 7-11||Australia v India 3rd Test||LIVE: 11.00am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri Jan 15-19||Australia v India 4th Test||LIVE: 11.00am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
Stream the AU vs India Test on Kayo Sport
If you’re a fan of features that enhance your viewing experience, and like the idea of watching multiple games or sports at once over the busy festive period, then Kayo Sports could be your preferred choice. Not only do they have all of the same sports (including the KFC BBL, International T20s and ODIs), channels (12 in HD) and broadcasting teams as Foxtel, they are currently offering a 14 day free trial so you can decide if the service has everything you’re looking for. Kayo offers live streaming with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast Ultra, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
Kayo also offers a variety of unique features to enhance your sport viewing. Perhaps the most popular of these is the ‘Kayo Minis’, which is available for selected men’s and women’s cricket matches throughout 2020, including international tests and the Big Bash League. Kayo Minis are condensed TV replays of a game, with Kayo’s experts putting all the important highlights into a 15-30 minute package, allowing you to catch up on everything you missed when the action went out live. Other unique features include ‘No Spoilers’, which allows you to hide the scores, ‘Key Moments’ which lets you fast forward to the decisive parts of each match, as well as ‘SplitView’, so you can watch up to four different sports on one screen at the same time.
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Must See TV for Cricket fans
Australian Test cricket is one of the highlights of the Australian sports calendar, but there’s a lot more interesting TV out there for cricket fans once the game is over. To make things easier, here are a few upcoming events and shows that should be of interest to viewers of the Boxing Day Test.
Big Bash League (Foxtel/Kayo/Seven)
Australia’s domestic T20 league is now approaching its tenth season, and features some of the best homegrown cricketers alongside some of the world’s most renowned names. The Sydney Sixers won last year’s edition and will be looking to make it back to back title wins. Read more.
South Africa v Australia Test (Foxtel / Kayo)
Australia travels to South Africa for a three-test series in February 2020. A win against the Proteas would all but cement Australia’s place as the best test team in world cricket, both home and overseas right now. Expect plenty of runs from two sides that possess batting in depth.
Cricket 360 TV Show (Foxtel / Kayo)
erard Whateley and Robert Craddock present this post-test match program that analyses the performances and talking points after each day of test match cricket. Joined by former players such as Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan, it’s an expert look at how the game is currently being played at international level. There is an episode following each day of play, which also includes interviews with current players and coaches for a real insider’s view. Cricket 360 is exclusively available on Foxtel and Kayo Sport.