With the smell of freshly-cut grass in the air and a Pimms on the menu, summer is in full swing. For cricket fans – or just anyone who loves a cracking sporting contest – an already memorable summer of willow on leather is well underway.
From a home World Cup to hosting the Ashes, the planets have aligned for UK cricket fans. Australia head to England as the current holders of the Ashes.
For anyone who can’t make it to the matches themselves – or who prefers the comfort of their own couch and the closer proximity to the kettle or fridge – all of the action is being shown live on your TV or mobile device.
The 2019 Summer of Cricket on UK TV
The 2019 summer of cricket has been one to savour for cricket fans across the UK. The highlight of the early part of summer was the Cricket World Cup – held on home soil in England and Wales. England have long produced disappointing results in the 50-over format of the game, but came into the tournament as the best chance to win their first ever crown.
A great summer of cricket can’t be truly great without a broadcaster stepping up to the crease and doing their bit. Fortunately for cricket fans, this summer has not only been one of excellent cricket – but Sky has well and truly brought the game to the masses. A long-time partner of cricket in the UK and abroad, Sky TV has kept fans up to date with great live Cricket coverage, up-to-date analysis and all of the inside scoops to make the experience far more memorable.
Even the most passionate cricket fan knows the difficulties of staying up with every match, particularly with work, travelling or other commitments getting in the way. Considering Test cricket goes for five days, the risk of missing out is even higher. Fortunately, through Sky Go and Now TV you can watch from your mobile device, taking the action with you wherever you go. All you’ll need is a smartphone, laptop or tablet and either data or Wi-Fi to stream the action live.
The Ashes on Free To Air TV
The Ashes will not be screened in full on free-to-air TV in the UK. Instead, highlights of the day’s play will be screened on FTA provider Channel 5. For complete coverage of the daily action, you’ll need Sky Sports or NOW TV.
Ashes TV Preview
Next up is the Ashes – cricket’s oldest and most prestigious event. Regardless of each teams’ form coming into the event, the Ashes is the premier event in Test cricket. And fortunately for cricketing fans from both England and Australia – as well as plenty of neutrals everywhere – not only are the sides in great form but they’re relatively evenly matched. This means a hard-fought and balanced series that’s likely to go down to the wire.
After the first match between England and Australia in 1883, the event turned into a highlight on the sporting calendar. For anyone who needs a refresh, the ‘Ashes’ refers to a tongue-in-cheek reference to the death of English cricket after the first Australian victory on British soil. Sporting Life newspaper ran a mock obituary after the win, saying that English cricket would be cremated and “the Ashes taken to Australia”. Add a few years and the creation of a replica urn given to the winning team at the conclusion of the series – and a rivalry was born!
For England fans, the past decade has been a welcome respite from what had previously been a significant period of Australian dominance. With Aussie players like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and the Waugh brothers, Australia had managed to dominate the 1990s and 2000s, with the (replica) Ashes urn taking up permanent residence down under.
And then came 2005 and the most significant Ashes series in recent memory, with England triumphing over a then-dominant Australia 2-1 on home soil. Things have evened out since then, with several England players like Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Stuart Broad writing their names into Ashes history.
Perhaps the most important factors in recent contests has been home advantage, with both England and Australia preparing conditions to suit their own bowlers. This bodes well for England, who will be farewelling Anderson and perhaps Broad in the two strike bowlers’ most favourite – and favourable – conditions.
Ashes Live TV Times (BST)
|August 1-5||First Test, Edgbaston||From 10am||Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event|
|August 14-18||Second Test, Lord’s||From 10am||Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event|
|August 22-26||Third Test, Headingley||From 10am||Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event|
|September 4-8||Fourth Test, Old Trafford||From 10am||Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event|
|September 12-16||Fifth Test, The Oval||From 10am||Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event|
All dates shown as British Summer Time (BST), adjust for regional differences.
Watch or Stream the Ashes Live
While there is no The Ashes free to air TV provider in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports are set to be the home of the Ashes this summer – continuing their already stellar summer of cricket broadcasting.
Sky Sports will broadcast every Ashes Test live from the opening ball until stumps, with the option to stream The Ashes free to eligible mobile devices using the Sky Go app should it be more convenient. If you’re interested in full access to this action take a moment to review the Sky Sports plus Entertainment package, which requires an 18-month commitment and the necessary equipment.
If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve a long term commitment, you may wish to check out NOW TV, which offer shorter, more flexible deals. With NOW TV you can watch every televised session of The Ashes Cricket live online using a compatible device or available app, while enjoying the exact same broadcast experience and coverage as Sky Sports. NOW TV offers the choice of acquiring a Sky Sports day pass, weekly pass or monthly pass, and there’s no set up or equipment fees so you can begin watching within just minutes of getting started.