With the Cricket World Cup less than a month away, England's (top-ranked) ODI team are warming up with what should be a hard-fought series against a talented Pakistan side. Both teams are full of quality players and will be eager to lay down a marker for the tournament. We can't wait.
The next match is:
- 5th ODI, Sunday 19 May, starting at 11am UK time
In this article we explain how to watch the 2019 cricket matches between England and Pakistan live on TV or online, how to listen on radio, and how to catch up with highlights of the action afterwards. (After playing Pakistan, England have further warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan.)
The two teams played a T20I on 5 May, but this now leaves five ODI (50-over) games - that's the same format as the World Cup. Here's the schedule:
- 1st ODI: Wednesday 8 May (starts at 1pm UK time). No result (rained off after 19 overs)
- 2nd ODI: Saturday 11 May (11am). England won by 12 runs
- 3rd ODI: Tuesday 14 May (1pm). England won by 6 wickets
- 4th ODI: Friday 17 May (1pm). England won by 3 wickets
- 5th ODI: Sunday 19 May (11am)
How to watch on Sky Sports
All the England vs Pakistan games are being shown by Sky Sports in the UK. They will be live on the Sky Sports Cricket channel (find this on channel 404) and simultaneously on Sky Sports Main Event (channel 402). In each case coverage starts 30 minutes before play starts - either 12.30pm or 10.30am - and is slated to last for eight and a half hours per match.
In the same way, existing Sky customers can add Sky Sports to their package starting at £18 per month.
So much for Sky's standard offerings. The firm's premium Sky Q service, which starts at £22 per month, adds additional features that may be of interest to cricket fans. Have a look at our guide to Sky Q pricing, bundles and features, or jump straight to the Sky Q website.
How to watch with Now TV
If you don't want to commit yourself to a long-term Sky contract, Now TV may be a better option. This service's pay-as-you-go Sky Sports Pass lets you pay for one day, week or month of Sky Sports, then watch the action (for as long as you've paid for) on your browser, TV app or mobile app.
A day pass costs £7.99; a week pass is £12.99; the month pass will set you back £33.99 and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it. (There's also a mobile pass for £5.99 per month, but avoid this at all costs - it's great for football, NBA, rugby and horse racing, but doesn't include cricket.)
How to use a VPN
VPNs are great for accessing UK-based cricket content when you're abroad.
British cricket fans who are overseas can use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access their usual Sky Sports and Now TV subscriptions. NordVPN is our top recommendation among VPNs, but our best VPN chart rounds up several excellent alternatives that may be a better fit for you in terms of features and pricing.
How to watch (free) highlights
Sky Sports will show an hour of highlights and analysis starting two hours after each game. But there are free alternatives, too.
Most obviously Channel 5 has the rights to show highlights of all England internationals for the 2019 season. Highlights of the 5th ODI, for instance, will be shown at 7pm on Sunday 19 May, and you can catch up on previous games on My5.
YouTube is a good bet, too. Visit the ECB channel for updates of this and earlier games. At time of writing they've got five minutes of highlights of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ODIs between England and Pakistan; the first ODI was rained off and there's currently no coverage of that.
Finally, Twitter is an excellent source of brief highlights in almost real time. We follow four main accounts for this - England Cricket, Sky Sports Cricket, Wisden and Cricingif - but bear in mind that the TV rights situation varies by series; Sky is usually the most productive. For these matches it's also worth trying Pakistan Cricket.
Listen on radio
TalkSport has poached a few cricket series lately, but England vs Pakistan is firmly back in the BBC fold. You can listen to the five ODIs on Test Match Special, on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra.