The Ashes cricket series, England vs. Australia, has a history going back to 1877 — the same year the first Wimbledon tennis championship was played — and fans can watch the latest Ashes match live online starting Thursday morning, to be part of one of the world’s greatest and oldest sporting traditions when the two nations play the Second Test Match of the 2015 Ashes at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England.
To find out how to watch the Second England Vs. Australia Ashes Test live online, see the information at the bottom of this article. The match is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, at 11 a.m. July 16 at Lord’s. That’s 6 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 3 a.m. Pacific.
The weather forecast looks good for Thursday morning in London, with only a small chance of rain.
In the First Test, last week in Cardiff, Wales, England, stunned the heavily favored Australia side with a nearly flawless performance in all three disciplines of cricket — batting, bowling and fielding — needing just four of the five days to bowl their rivals out for a definitive 169-run victory.
The drama continued even after the match wrapped up on Saturday, when England Captain Alastair Cook extended an invitation for the Australia players to join his squad for a post-match adult beverage — and Australia Captain Michael Clarke snubbed the offer.
“We were all happy to do it. I don’t know why they didn’t come in,” mused veteran England bowler Jimmy Anderson afterward. “Maybe they wanted to carry on doing things their way. You’ll have to ask them. It’s their prerogative.”
Anderson’s remarks sparked outrage in Australia, with retired Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden labeling the all-time leading England test wicket-taker a “clown.”
And “Beergate” is just one of the storylines leading into the Second Ashes Test. In matters more pertinent to cricket, England will be sending all-rounder Moeen Ali, a standout in the First Test, back into action despite a muscle strain in his side because the squad’s second spinner Adil Rashid backed out with an abrasion to his finger.
On the Australian side, wicket keeper Brad Haddin withdrew from the Second Test for what are being termed “personal reasons.” And all-rounder Shane Watson was dropped after a poor performance in Cardiff — which may mean the end of the 34-year-old’s Test career.
There are two ways to watch the Australia vs. England Second Ashes Series Test live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire 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 England vs. Australia 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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