Australia and New Zealand will meet at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the 2020 New Year Test Match, where the Kiwis will be looking to bounce back after having lost the first two in the series. The Baggy Greens have won every game they have played on home soil this summer, and secured the Trans-Tasman Trophy with their victory in Melbourne. Don’t miss a single session of live play using this Aussie cricket TV guide.
Australia v New Zealand Test Series TV Preview
The first Test of the New Year has been a highlight of the Australian Cricket calendar for decades. The game at the 48,000 capacity Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the world’s most recognised cricket grounds which has become somewhat of a fortress for the home side over the past 10 years. This year’s Test match is against old trans Tasman rivals, New Zealand, captained by batsman Kane Williamson, with the first batsmen stepping up to the crease on Friday, January 3rd, with five potential days of play until Tuesday, January 7th.
Since the 1985/86 cricket season, Australia and New Zealand have played for the Trans Tasman Trophy whenever they meet in the five day format of the game. Out of 43 test matches during this time, Australia has won a total of 24, with New Zealand winning only 6, and the remainder ending in draws. Only two of New Zealand’s wins have come on Australian soil during this time, with Kane Williamson’s men more adept in white ball, short formats of cricket.
Australia endured a difficult period after the bans to Steve Smith, Davis Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering in 2018. But since their return to the side before this year’s cricket World Cup, Australia has gone from strength to strength, led by new captain and wicketkeeper Tim Payne. Now it seems that Australia has a line-up strong enough to push for a place as the world’s number one test team, something they haven’t been able to do since 2014 when Michael Clarke was captain. Both sides will be putting everything on the line, and you won’t want to miss a delivery when watching the iconic match using the options listed in this guide.
Where to Watch or Stream The Sydney New Year Test
Fortunately, there are a variety of options for watching the New Year’s 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 New Zealand on TV, or how to stream the action live using a mobile device should it be more convenient.
Watch the New Year 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 NZ 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 Third 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 Third Test (Jan 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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Sydney New Years 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 New Year 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.
|Friday 3 January – Tuesday 7 January||LIVE: Australia v New Zealand 3rd Test||10.30am||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
Stream the AU vs NZ 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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Live Sport in January 2020
There is a whole host of sports available to watch here in January 2020, including the 2020 NFL Playoffs. There’s also A-League soccer, NBL action, a full slate of Big Bash League matches, several key NBA games and England v South Africa in another international cricket test match, as well as other exciting sport to kick off the New Year.
Live January Sport on Australian TV (Sydney time)
|Event||Date / Time||Channel|
|A-League: Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory||Dec 31 LIVE: from 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Cricket: Australia v New Zealand 3rd Test||Jan 3-7 LIVE: from 10.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Cricket: South Africa v England 2nd Test||Jan 3-7 LIVE: from 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|BBL: Stars v Renegades||Jan 4 LIVE: from 7.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|BBL: Sixers v Strikers||Jan 5 LIVE: from 6.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|A-League: Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets||Jan 5 LIVE: from 8.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|NFL: Vikings v Saints||Jan 6 LIVE: from 6.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|NFL: Seahawks v Eagles||Jan 6 LIVE: from 8.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|NBA: Mavericks v Nuggets||Jan 9 LIVE: 11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Must See TV for Cricket fans
The Boxing Day Test 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 into its ninth season, and features some of the best homegrown cricketers alongside some of the world’s most renowned names. The Melbourne Renegades one last year’s edition and will be looking to make it back to back title wins with the help of Aaron Finch and Alex Hales. But pre-tournament favourites Hobart Hurricanes, featuring world cup winning bowler Jofra Archer, will be looking to become champions for the first time after twice finishing runners up. You can catch all 61 games on Foxtel and Kayo, with just the 45 games being shown on Seven.
South Africa v England Test (Foxtel / Kayo)
England’s test team will be looking to get back to winning ways against South Africa after losing the Ashes to Australia in September. Both teams are going through somewhat of a transition period and are looking to initiate some new talent. Former wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is Proteas new coach, whilst England also have a new man in charge in the shape of Chris Silverwood. Both will be looking to get off to winning start from the first test on Boxing Day. All four tests in this series will be broadcast exclusively on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
Cricket 360 TV Show (Foxtel / Kayo)
Gerard 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.