After a surprise defeat to Scotland in a one-off fixture, England’s highly rated ODI cricket team now face Australia in a five-match series: when these two teams play it’s always spicy, but both sides have plenty of extra sledging material this year (sandpaper; Scotland). In this article we explain how to watch the England vs Australia 2018 cricket matches live on TV or online, and how to listen live or watch the highlights.
England and Australia are playing five 50-over matches in 2018, followed by a one-off T20I. There are no Ashes Test matches this summer.
- 1st ODI (The Oval, London): Wed 13 June, 1pm UK time
- 2nd ODI (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff): Sat 16 June, 11am UK time
- 3rd ODI (Trent Bridge, Nottingham): Tue 19 June, 2pm UK time
- 4th ODI (Riverside, Chester-le-Street): Thu 21 June, 2pm UK time
- 5th ODI (Old Trafford, Manchester): Sun 24 June, 11am UK time
- T20I (Edgbaston, Birmingham): Wed 27 June, 6.30pm UK time
How to watch on Sky Sports
England vs Australia 2018 will be shown exclusively live by Sky Sports in the UK. The matches will be shown on the Sky Sports Cricket channel: you can see every ball live throughout the series, then again in highlights and analysis to fill the boring hours when there is no lovely live cricket to watch.
If you’re new to Sky a basic package starts at £20 per month, and Sky Sports is an extra £18.
Similarly, existing Sky customers can add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month.
Click here to look into Sky Sports packages.
How to watch with Now TV
If you’re not already a Sky Sports subscriber, and don’t want to commit to a long-term Sky contract just to watch six games of cricket, you should consider Now TV, which lets you pay on a one-off basis.
Now TV has a pay-as-you-go Sky Sports Pass option that lets you pay for either a day, week or month of Sky Sports. You can then watch the action for as long as you’ve paid for on your browser, on the TV app or on the mobile app.
A day pass costs £7.99 and lasts 24 hours from purchase. A week pass costs £12.99 and gets you (unsurprisingly) 7 days, while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it. You could watch the ODI series with two weeks of Now TV coverage.
Click here to view Now TV’s Sky Sports Pass packages.
How to use a VPN
If you’re a British viewer going abroad and want to watch using your existing UK services, you can use a VPN to ‘browse from the UK’ and access Sky Sports and Now TV as usual. NordVPN is our top recommendation, but our best VPN chart rounds up the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.
How to watch free highlights
English cricket has made some questionable decisions when it comes to making live coverage of games free to watch; but if you’re willing to wait a while, it’s easier than ever to find highlights.
Channel 5 has the official highlights gig, and they show an hour of highlights – a fairly comprehensive roundup of the big moments – on the evening of each match.
Smaller clips can be seen much earlier than this, however. If you follow the game on the BBC Sport website, a few important highlights will appear alongside text updates. If you follow England Cricket on Twitter, you’ll see some more.
How to listen on the radio
They’re not Test matches, but Test Match Special will still be covering the games. That’s on BCB Radio 4 Long Wave.
You may find it easier to listen to the radio through a digital TV set; try channels 0144 and 0145 for Radio 4 and Five Live Sports Extra.
Or listen online – visit the BBC Sport website.
How to follow the score online
The BBC Sport website will have live scores and text updates, but we prefer to use Cricinfo, which has detailed ball-by-ball coverage.
How to get updates on your Apple Watch
If you’re at a barbecue and don’t want to seem unsociable by constantly checking the score on your phone, install the ECB app on your iPhone and Apple Watch instead. It’s a pretty limited app but has one brilliant feature: wicket alerts.
Once the match is underway, open the app on your phone and tap on the relevant fixture in the Matches tab. Tap the sharing icon at the top right, then Turn On Push Notifications.
Now, whenever a wicket falls you’ll get a notification on your phone (if it’s on) or your watch (if it’s not). You may have to tinker with your notification settings to get this working the way you want.
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