Cricket this Summer in Australia
It wouldn’t quite be a proper Aussie summer without that wonderful sound of leather being struck by willow on pristine, green ovals around the country.
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we get to see the Baggy Green Caps take on the world’s best as well as the run-frenzy that is the Big Bash League. Cricket is back!
Summer of Cricket preview
Australia’s men have a very busy schedule ahead of them this summer, with cricket giants India arriving for a tour that will include all formats of the game. First up there will be a three-match ODI series quickly followed by three T20Is at the end of November and beginning of December.
Focus will then shift to the red ball as the teams play out four tests in December and January. Last time India toured Australia in 2018/19 they walked away with a 2-1 series win which was, incredibly, their first-ever victory here as a touring side. Justin Langer’s men will then close out the summer with a three-test tour of South Africa followed by five T20Is in New Zealand during February and March 2021.
But it’s not just the international game that will grab the headlines this summer. The 10th edition of the BBL will see more overseas superstars than ever, with teams now able to field up to three. There’s also a controversial new rule that allows mid-game substitutes to add even more spice to a tasty format. The favourites to take the title this year are reigning champs Sydney Sixers, Dave Hussey’s Melbourne Stars and Callum Ferguson’s Sydney Thunder.
How to Watch Cricket in Australia
There are several ways to watch each and every format of cricket in Australia this summer, whether you prefer free to air TV or live streaming.
Watch Cricket on Seven Network on Free To Air
Seven Network is the official home of free to air cricket in Australia. They will broadcast all seven of Australia’s test matches against India this summer, including the Boxing Day test match from the MCG. A total of 43 Big Bash League games will also be broadcast on Seven and their streaming service, 7plus. None of Australia’s ODIs or T20Is will be broadcast on Seven.
Seven’s coverage includes some of the sport’s biggest names in the commentary booth, such as bowling legend Glenn McGrath and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. Mel McLaughlin will be the resident presenter for all of the Test Matches.
Watch Cricket with Foxtel
Foxtel is unquestionably the home of Australian cricket this summer, thanks to their dedicated channel, Fox Cricket. Not only will you be able to watch every Test Match, as with Seven, but you’ll also have access to every ODI and T20I match across the summer. If you don’t like the idea of a satellite installation, you may wish to check out Foxtel Now’s three-month discount offer.
Every delivery from the BBL campaign will also be broadcast live and on demand, meaning a total of 56 games across the season. Foxtel also offers coverage of international matches involving the likes of New Zealand and next year’s ashes opponents, England, along with Australia’s end of summer tour in South Africa.
Foxtel’s cricket coverage is headlined by Adam Gilchrist, Isa Guha and Shane Warne. Their commentary line-up reads like a who’s who of Australian cricket, with names such as Mark Waugh, Allen Border, Sarah Jones, Mike Hussey and Brett Lee all on board.
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Stream Cricket on Kayo Sports
If you like the idea of accessing all of Foxtel’s sports channels, including Fox Cricket, without the need for a long term contract, then Kayo Sports is made for you. The sports streaming service will also give you access to all of Australia’s Tests, ODIs, and T20Is like Foxtel, as well as every BBL game and international matches featuring New Zealand and England.
Kayo currently offer a free 14 day trial so that you can sample a whole two weeks of cricket on a wide range of devices including PCs, Smart TVs, Games Consoles, Tablets and Mobile Phones. Basic $25/month (watch on two devices) or Standard $35/month packages are optional thereafter, which you are free to cancel at any time.
There’s also a number of great features on Kayo, such as the No Spoilers feature, which hides results of a game you plan to watch later on demand. Split View will also be handy for cricket fans this summer who want to watch multiple games (or sports) at the same time. For example, you can have Test Match and BBL games live on one screen so you never miss a key moment of play.
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Upcoming Fixtures (All Times AEST)
|Fri, Jan 22nd – Tue, Jan 26th||Sri Lanka v England (2nd Test)||LIVE: 5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, Jan 22th||Sixers vs Thunder||LIVE: 7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Jan 23th||Renegades vs Heat||LIVE: 4.05pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Jan 23th||Stars vs Scorchers||LIVE: 7.15pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, Jan 24th||Thunder vs Strikers||LIVE: 4.05pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, Jan 24th||Sixers vs Hurricanes||LIVE: 7.15pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Mon, Jan 25th||Strikers vs Thunder||LIVE: 7.15pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tue, Jan 26th||Heat vs Scorchers||LIVE: 1.05pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, Jan 29th||The Eliminator||LIVE: TBC||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Jan 30th||The Qualifier||LIVE: TBC||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, Jan 31th||The Knockout||LIVE: TBC||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thu, Feb 4th||The Challenger||LIVE: TBC||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Feb 6th||The Final||LIVE: TBC||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation and Chromecast with Google TV for optimal streaming
– Telstra TV: Yes – Split View not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models
– PS4 and Xbox One: Soon – App in development
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Generation or higher
You can watch Cricket on your phone using either the Foxtel Go or Kayo Sports apps, which come free with respective free trials and subscriptions.
You can watch Australia v India live this summer via Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Seven Network. Whereas every ODI, T20I and Test game will be available live on Foxtel and Kayo, only test matches are available on Seven.
All of Australia’s international T20 games are exclusive to Foxtel and Kayo. BBL matches will air on Foxtel, Kayo and Seven, with the latter restricted to 43 games across the season. Foxtel and Kayo
All of Australia’s test matches are available on free to air with Seven Network. Test matches are also broadcast at the same time on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Kayo has a free 14 day trial for new customers that can be used during test matches.
You can stream cricket in Australia using both the Foxtel Go and Kayo Sports app, which are available via Google and Apple stores.
International test matches and BBL games are available to watch on free to air with the Seven Network.
You can watch online with Foxtel Now and Kayo. You can also stream with the Seven Network’s streaming service, 7plus.
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