Five months ahead of the 2017 Ashes, two of the fiercest rivals in world cricket face off in a must-win ICC Champions Trophy match on Friday, a game that will live stream as tournament host England faces Australia — who will look to complete a match in the tournament for the first time after a pair of no-results due to inclement weather.
But the ODI contest, the final match in Group A of the eight-team Champions Trophy competition, is a must-win for only one of the two rivals. England with two victories have already nailed down their place in the semifinals next week. Australia, however, must not only finish the match but win it in order to advance. If they lose to England, the surprising Bangladesh side takes their place in the final four after missing out on the last two Champions Trophy tournaments altogether — after the Tigers stunned New Zealand in a dramatic comeback victory on Friday.
Chasing 266 in Cardiff, Wales, Bangladesh collapsed at the top of the order dropping to a dismal and seemingly hopeless 33 with four wickets down. But Shakib al-Hassan and Mahmudullah then set out on what became a record-breaking partnership, the highest-scoring single-wicket stand in Bangladesh ODI history as each recorded a century, leading the Tigers to a shock five-wicket win with 16 balls to spare.
The Bangladesh victory means that either an England win or a washout puts the upstart side in the semifinals and sends Australia home to await the opening of the official Ashes series in November.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Australia 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Group A match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Start time for the crucial match will be 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England, on Saturday, June 10. In Australia, the live stream will start at 7:30 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, 5:30 p.m. Western.
In Bangladesh, the game gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Bangladesh Standard Time, while in India the game starts at 3 p.m. In the United States, cricket fans will need to get up early, or stay up late. The England vs. Australia match begins at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
"If you never get to play in an Ashes game, this is the closest you will ever get to beating an Australia team," England's captain, Eoin Morgan — who has not been a member of the country's Test squad in 11 years — said on Friday.
Watch a preview of the England vs. Australia match in the video below, courtesy of CricBuzz.
Here are the expected teams for Saturday's ODI showdown.
England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (captain), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.
Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (captain), 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Travis Head, 7 Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Can Australia finally complete a match and secure a victory, which would put the defending Cricket World Cup champions into the semifinals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament? Or will host England, already having secured a place in the Champions Trophy semifinals, use the challenge of a mini-Ashes matchup to power past Australia, eliminating their arch rivals and lifting upstart Bangladesh into the knockout round?
To find out, watch a live stream of the England vs. Australia Cricket 2017 Champions Trophy Match 10 — the final Group A match — from the 25,000-seat Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, England, on Saturday, using one of the following live stream options.
Cricket fans in Bangladesh will have a strong interest in following the England vs. Australia match, and Tigers fans in their home country can watch a live stream via Gazi TV at this link — but the stream can be viewed only inside the borders of Bangladesh.
In Australia, fans will need to sign up for a two-week free trial of Foxtel Play, which can be accessed by clicking on this link, to view a live stream. While in the United Kingdom, a live stream of the England vs. Australia cricket match will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the Bangladesh Tigers face 2015 World Cup winners Australia 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 legal ways to watch cricket on Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the Australia vs. Bangladesh 2017 Champions Trophy Group A cricket match, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link.
But the most reliable method to live stream the match in the United States is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the Australia vs. Bangladesh 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket Match Five on Monday. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
Finally, in India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the England vs. Bangladesh Champions Trophy opener at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers and a free stream on a five-minute time delay.
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