After a phenomenal World Cup victory and a palate-cleansing win over Ireland, England's men's cricket team now move on to the second main course of a tasty summer. It's time for the Ashes: England vs Australia, in the latest instalment of arguably the spiciest - and certainly the oldest - rivalry in international cricket.
In this article we explain how to watch the England vs Australia 2019 cricket matches live on TV or online, and how to listen live or watch the highlights.
The next match is:
- 5th Test (The Oval, London): 12-16 September, 11am each day
Across August and September 2019, England and Australia are playing 5 Test matches. There are no limited-overs games in this series, presumably because we're all burned out from the World Cup.
- 1st Test (Edgbaston, Birmingham): 1-5 August 2019, starting each day at 11am UK time. Australia won by 251 runs
- 2nd Test (Lord's, London): 14-18 August, 11am. Draw
- 3rd Test (Headingley, Leeds): 22-26 August, 11am. England won by 1 wicket
- 4th Test (Old Trafford, Manchester): 4-8 September, 11am. Australia won by 185 runs
- 5th Test (The Oval, London): 12-16 September, 11am
How to watch on Sky Sports
The England vs Australia 2019 cricket matches are being shown exclusively live by Sky Sports in the UK. The matches are shown on the Sky Sports Cricket channel and (where other events allow) Sky Sports Main Event: you can see every ball live throughout the series, then again in highlights and analysis to fill the boring hours when there is no lovely live cricket to watch.
Similarly, existing Sky customers can add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month.
The starting prices above relate to Sky's standard offerings, but the firm's Sky Q premium service adds a number of new features that may be of interest to cricket fans, such as Ultra HD and multi-camera coverage, 1080 50p Hawk-Eye and extra stats from CricViz.
How to watch with Now TV
If you're not already a Sky Sports subscriber, and don't want to commit to a long-term Sky contract just to watch five games of cricket, you should consider Now TV, which lets you pay on a one-off basis.
Now TV has a pay-as-you-go Sky Sports Pass option that lets you pay for either a day, week or month of Sky Sports. You can then watch the action for as long as you've paid for on your browser, on the TV app or on the mobile app.
A day pass costs £7.99 and lasts 24 hours from purchase. A week pass costs £12.99 and gets you (unsurprisingly) 7 days, while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it.
How to use a VPN
If you're a British viewer going abroad and want to watch using your existing UK services, you can use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access Sky Sports and Now TV as usual. NordVPN is our top recommendation, but our best VPN chart rounds up the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.
How to watch free highlights
English cricket has made some questionable decisions when it comes to making live coverage of games free to watch; but if you're willing to wait a while, it's easier than ever to find free highlights.
Channel 5 has the official highlights gig in the UK, and shows around an hour of highlights - a fairly comprehensive roundup of the big moments - on the evening of each match. These will start at 7pm.
If you miss the highlights when broadcast you can catch up on Channel 5's website for a limited period.
Smaller clips can be seen much earlier than this, however. If you follow the game on the BBC Sport website, a few important highlights will appear alongside text updates. If you follow England Cricket on Twitter (and Sky Sports Cricket), you'll see some more. And the ECB will post highlights packages on its website and YouTube channel, although these are likely to be shorter than Channel 5's.
How to listen on the radio
Test Match Special is covering the games. That's on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave.
You may find it easier to listen to the radio through a digital TV set; on a Sky setup, try channels 0144 and 0145 for Radio 4 and Five Live Sports Extra.
Or listen online - visit the BBC Sport website.
How to follow the score online
How to get updates on your Apple Watch
If you're at a barbecue and don't want to seem unsociable by constantly checking the score on your phone, install the ECB app on your iPhone and Apple Watch instead. It's a pretty limited app but has one brilliant feature: wicket alerts.
Once the match is underway, 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.
Now, whenever a wicket falls you'll get a notification on your phone (if the screen is on) or your watch (if it's not). You may have to tinker with your notification settings to get this working the way you want.