Watch live online as the greatest Test cricket series of them all, The Ashes — Australia vs. England — opens Wednesday. The First Test of five pitting the two nations with the longest-standing rivalry in cricket, or possibly any sport, once again battling for ultimate bragging rights. At least until the next Ashes series rolls around.
The Ashes is usually staged every two years, but this year’s series — officially known as The Investec Ashes, to acknowledge the series’ sponsor — comes just one year after England visited Australia for an Ashes series, and suffered the humiliation of a 5-0 whitewash. But Australia has not won an Ashes series on English ground in 14 years.
To find out how to watch The Ashes Australia vs. England First Test Day One live online, see the information below in the article. First ball on Wednesday, July 8, is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time at Sophia Gardens SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. That’s 5 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 3 a.m. Pacfic.
Despite their bludgeoning at the hands of Australia last year, England’s hopes have been renewed by the spirited performance at home against New Zealand in June, when the traditionally conservative side displayed a decidedly modern approach, with aggressive batting and wicket-taking bowling — a brand of cricket now dubbed “New England,” and that proved a hit with the public as well as the players.
Brand new England Coach Trevor Bayliss, himself an Australian, expects to maintain the positive approach, but whether Captain Alastair Cook and his men will stick to the plan, or revert to old ways under what promises to be a withering fast bowling assault led by Australian left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, as well as right-armer Josh Hazelwood, is one of the big questions that England will need to answer as soon as the first day of the First Test.
The Ashes is one of the few sporting events in England considered so important that it merits a Royal visit, as seen in the photo above taken Monday, as Prince Charles chats with Australian cricketers David Warner (far left, partly concelead), Peter Nevill, and Mitch Johnson (right).
There are two ways to watch the Australia vs. England First Ashes Series Test live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the Ashes series at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The Australia vs. England Investec Ashes cricket series will also be streamed live online by One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports and costs $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To take advantage of the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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