Cricket fans can watch live online as Australia and England meet again for the start of the third leg of the summer tour — the first in a five-match One Day International series between the two arch-rivals. The last time the two ODI sides met was on February 14, in the second group stage match of the Cricket World Cup, at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia, who would go on to win the World Cup, won the match by a resounding 111 runs, bowling England out for just 231 with 49 balls to spare.
But much has changed for a newly confident England one-day side, who look to take the momentum from Monday’s thrilling five-run win in the lone T20 match of the Australia vs. England tour — a match which came on the heels of England’s 3-2 Ashes Test series win.
After crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage, England under Captain Eoin Morgan regrouped when they faced World Cup runner-up New Zealand, winning a blistering five-match ODI series 3-2.
Now they look for a similar performance against the reigning world champions.
To find out how to watch the First England Vs. Australia ODI match live online, free and legally, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The game starts at 2 p.m. British Summer Time at the Ageas Bowl, also known as the Rose Bowl, in Southampton, England. For United States viewers, that’s 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
Australia Captain Steve Smith knows that the World Cup victory puts a target on his team’s back, especially for England who has everything toprove after the debacle down under in February and March.
“We’re a very good one-day side. We’re number one in the world a the moment and we’re certainly going to be hunted. Hopefully we can continue to play well in one-day cricket and continue to have a lot of success.”
There are two ways to watch the first England vs. Australia ODI cricket match live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only ESPN channel, which will stream the last Ashes Test 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 first England vs. Australia ODI of the five-match 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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