England have just hosted and won the 2019 World Cup and go into the Ashes series with Australia as the the favourites to take it out, so there is plenty of expectation on Joe Root and his side heading into the series.
With the 2019 Ashes now fully underway, 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.
The Ashes Cricket 2019 TV Preview – England
Given the game of Cricket was born in England, the fact they just won their first-ever ICC World Cup is a momentous occasion for just about the entire nation, with also considering that they have struggled in recent Soccer World Cups, which had added more pain to the English faithful. They had previously played in three Cricket World Cup finals in past tournaments, but you have to go back to 1992 to see them last in a championship match, which they lost against a star-filled Pakistan outfit. This time around just about everything was in their favour, as they entered the favourites to win, they were hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup, and they’re the form team in world Cricket.
They are currently ranked the number four team in the world, but as they showed at the World Cup they have plenty of talented players whose ability translates into the longer form of the game. They have, for the most part, dominated teams in 2019, starting with a tied ODI Series with the West Indies before comfortably beating the Windies in a T20 Series. They then faced Pakistan in an ODI Series and were dominant, winning 4-0 and showing everyone why they are indeed the best team in the world when it comes to the 50 over version of the game. In the Test arena, while they don’t find themselves atop the rankings they are in a group of four who are closely bunched at the top, and a win in this series will likely see them further advance up the rankings.
England in the Ashes on Live Aussie TV (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. Please note that due to broadcast agreement the England cricket free to air Ashes TV coverage in Australia is shown exclusively on Nine and 9Now.
Watch or Stream England in the Ashes Live and Free
The Nine Network is the official Ashes Cricket free to air provider in Australia, and will broadcast each day’s play live on the 9GEM channel. 9Gem HD can be found on channel 95, while channel 92 offers standard definition. Nine also offers free Ashes online streaming via their 9Now application. Simply provide an email address during your sign-up and use a compatible device.
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England Match Previews
England are hosting the World Cup and will kick off the 2019 edition with potentially the match of the tournament against the South Africa Cricket side, who are ranked third in the world. South Africa love the big stages, especially a couple of their players, and they are the ones that England need to contain. Kagiso Rabada is one of the best young quicks in world Cricket but can fire up quite easily and it will only take a few overs of brilliance from the English batsmen to unsettle him. Dale Steyn is one of the all-time great fast bowlers and despite injury crippling him at various times in recent years, his line and length, combined with pace, is outstanding.
On June 25, England will host Australia and this will be a must watch game for a number of reasons. They are old enemies that got back near 150 years, both sides are arguably the two in form sides of world cricket leading into the World Cup and it will be very interesting to see what England’s fan base, the ‘Barmy Army’, will do to Australian players Steve Smith and David Warner, who are back playing for Australia after ‘Sandpaper Gate’. Both seemed to smile and laugh off barbs during the Indian Premier League, but the Barmy Army is a whole different beast, which should make for some very interesting TV ratings when the OzTAM report comes out.
Five days later, England plays their India rivals and this is such a huge game. They are considered the two teams most likely to fight out the World Cup and the winner will gain such a huge advantage by getting an easier path through the Finals if the draw goes to plan. These two sides played in a Series last year, seeing England win 2-1 but there was very little between the teams. The man England needs to stop is Virat Kohli. When he’s firing and in form, there is no better batsman in World Cricket, and more often than not, India when Kohli scores big. He is a fiery customer both with the bat and in the field, so a player like Ben Stokes could be the perfect combatant to go toe-to-toe with ‘King Kohli’ in what should be a great match.
Cricket World Cup Live Aussie TV: Full Schedule
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Due to licensing agreement the World Cup coverage on channel Nine is limited to matches involving the Australian national team, select additional Group contests and the semi-finals and finals:
|Sunday 16 June||India v Pakistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 17 June||West Indies v Bangladesh||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 18 June||England v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wednesday 19 June||New Zealand v South Africa||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 20 June||Australia v Bangladesh||7.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 21 June||England v Sri Lanka||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 22 June||India v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 22 June||West Indies v New Zealand||10.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 23 June||Pakistan v South Africa||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 24 June||Bangladesh v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 25 June||England v Australia||7.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wednesday 26 June||New Zealand v Pakistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 27 June||West Indies v India||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 28 June||Sri Lanka v South Africa||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 June||Pakistan v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 June||New Zealand v Australia||10.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 30 June||England v India||7.30pm||GEM / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 1 July||Sri Lanka v West Indies||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 2 July||Bangladesh v India||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wednesday 3 July||England v New Zealand||7.30pm||GEM / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 4 July||Afghanistan v West Indies||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 5 July||Pakistan v Bangladesh||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 6 July||Sri Lanka v India||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 6 July||Australia v South Africa||10.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 9 July||Semi Finals 1st vs 4th||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 11 July||Semi Finals 2nd vs 3rd||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 14 July||Cricket World Cup Final||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
England Cricket World Cup Stats
|Highest Innings Total||8/338 (vs India, 2011)|
|Lowest Innings Total||93 (vs Australia, 1975)|
|Highest Individual Innings||158 (Andrew Strauss vs India, 2011)|
|Best Bowling Figures||5/39 (Vic Marks vs Sri Lanka, 1983)|
|Most matches||25 (James Anderson and Alec Stewart)|