The second of summer 2018's great cricket clashes is almost upon us. England lost to Scotland in June but now, after a few confidence-boosting wins against a minor side called Australia, they have the chance to redeem themselves against the mighty India, and this marathon series has all the hallmarks of a classic.
England and India have played three T20s; now they move on to three ODIs before a full five-Test series: that's up to 31 days of cricket. And you can watch all of it by following the instructions in this article. The next match is:
- 3rd ODI, 17 July at 12.30pm
All times are current UK time, ie BST.
- Tues 3 July, 5.30pm UK time: 1st T20 at Old Trafford. India won by 8 wickets
- Fri 6 July, 5.30pm: 2nd T20 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. England won by 5 wickets
- Sun 8 July, 2pm: 3rd T20 at Bristol County Ground. India won by 7 wickets
- Thu 12 July, 12.30pm: 1st ODI at Trent Bridge. India won by 8 wickets
- Sat 14 July, 11am: 2nd ODI at Lord's. England won by 86 runs
- Tue 17 July, 12.30pm: 3rd ODI at Headingley
- 1-5 Aug, 11am each day: 1st Test at Edgbaston
- 9-13 Aug, 11am: 2nd Test at Lord's
- 18-22 Aug, 11am: 3rd Test at Trent Bridge
- 30 Aug-3 Sep, 11am: 4th Test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton
- 7-11 Sep, 11am: 5th Test at the Oval
How to watch on Sky Sports
For live coverage of the England vs India cricket matches you need to be watching Sky Sports. The Sky Sports Cricket channel will show every ball, then repeat many of them later in highlights and analysis.
Similarly, existing Sky customers can add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month.
The basic Sky Sports packages above will be more than enough for most cricket fans, but the company offers more expensive upgraded packages with additional features.
How to watch with Now TV
If you're only interested in this series - or would even be happy to watch just one game - then Now TV may be a better option than signing up for a Sky contract. Now TV lets you pay for Sky Sports on a one-off or pay-as-you-go basis.
There are Sky Sports Passes that last for a day, a week or a month. You can then watch via your browser, on the TV app or on the mobile app.
A day pass costs £7.99. A week pass costs £12.99, while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and (be warned!) rolls on to the next month if you don't cancel it. You could watch the whole T20 series with a week pass, and the ODIs too with another, but the Test series is going to require more investment.
How to use a VPN
A VPN is a useful tool for those who subscribe to a cricket broadcast service and wish to access it while on holiday abroad. A VPN lets you 'browse from the UK' and access Sky Sports and Now TV as usual.
How to watch free highlights
If you don't want to pay for a Sky, Now TV or VPN subscription (one of which is necessary to legally watch the matches live - we don't condone the use of illegal streams), you can watch highlights of the action for free shortly afterwards.
Channel 5 will show around an hour of highlights on the evening of each match. The highlights of Tuesday's 3rd ODI will be shown at 1am in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
If you missed the highlights when broadcast you can catch up on Channel 5's cricket microsite for a limited period. That site currently has highlights of the second women's ODI.
There are also ways to see shorter, individual clips (of a wicket, boundary or other interesting delivery) before Channel 5's broadcast. If you follow the game on the BBC Sport website, for example, you'll see occasional video highlights alongside the regular text updates. You can see further short-delay clips on Twitter by following England Cricket. And the ECB posts a short highlights package after the match on its website.
How to listen on the radio
The cricket will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and Five Live Sports Extra. You can listen through a digital TV set; on a Sky setup, try channels 0144 and 0145. Or listen online at the BBC Sport website.
How to follow the scores online
It's easy to get live scores and text updates online for free, but where is the best option? For all-round coverage the BBC Sport website is a good choice, because as mentioned above it lets you listen to live audio at the same time as getting scores and text commentary.
The best text commentary for our money, however, comes from Cricinfo, which has extremely detailed statistics and description of every ball. We like to have the BBC open in one tab for the audio and Cricinfo in another for the scores.
How to get updates on your Apple Watch
Last of all we'll share a tip we use to avoid appearing antisocial at summer barbecues and whatnot. It means you just get a discreet tap on the wrist when a wicket falls, rather than having to continuously check your phone.
Open the app on your phone and tap on the relevant fixture in the Matches tab. Tap the sharing icon at the top right, then Turn On Push Notifications.