Cricket fans who can't get enough of their favorite game live online have the England vs. West Indies Test series to look forward to, and the wait for the return of cricket's most traditional and rigorous format is over, starting Monday morning with the first day of the first Test in a three-match series that marks a crucial turning point for England.
A young West Indies side will also have plenty to prove as they stand in the way of an England side trying to rebuild its reputation and self-confidence after its most recent low point, a humiliating group stage exit from the Cricket World Cup in Australia last month.
Information on how to watch the Day One of the England Vs. West Indies First Test live online can be found below. Play begins at 10 a.m. local time at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, which is also 10 a.m. United States Eastern Time.
After the crisis in Australia in March, the England Cricket Board is reportedly in turmoil, with big changes coming for cricket in the land that invented the game. But England Test Captain Alastair Cook says that the team will not have brought those issues with them to the West Indies.
"As you can see there are big decisions going on behind the scenes at the ECB, but that can't affect us and we're not letting it," Cook told the Mail on Sunday.
"That's the way it should be. The day before a Test match a captain should be worried about what's important to him, which is making sure we're ready for trying to win a series out here in the West Indies."And win they must, because a loss against a depleted and relatively inexperienced West Indies side would deal a crushing blow to England cricket.
The West Indies are without their top batsman, Chris Gayle, who declared his nagging back injury too much for the endurance contest of Test cricket competition — but the abbreviated format of T20 competition seems okay, as Gayle is now on Indian Premier League duty with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise.
The Windies have called up a pair of players making their international debuts, Shai Hope and Carlos Brathwaite, and recalled leg spinner Devendra Bishoo after three years in exile.
CricHD will stream the Test match, but viewers will have to put up with numerous advertisements, but the best way to watch the England vs. West Indies First Test live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
There are often promotional offers that allow legal, free viewing of Willow TV for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or as part of the one month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
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