This summer England's highly rated cricketers face Australia across six limited-overs matches. When these two teams play it's always spicy, but both sides have plenty of extra sledging material this year (sandpaper; England's surprise defeat by Scotland). In this article we explain how to watch the England vs Australia 2018 cricket matches live on TV or online, and how to listen live or watch the highlights.
For the latest cricket action, see How to watch the Cricket World Cup.
England and Australia are playing five 50-over ODI cricket matches in 2018, followed by a one-off T20I. There are no Ashes Test matches this summer.
- 1st ODI (The Oval, London): Wed 13 June, 1pm UK time. England won by 3 wickets
- 2nd ODI (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff): Sat 16 June, 11am UK time. England won by 38 runs
- 3rd ODI (Trent Bridge, Nottingham): Tue 19 June, 2pm UK time. England won by 242 runs (!)
- 4th ODI (Riverside, Chester-le-Street): Thu 21 June, 2pm UK time. England won by 6 wickets
- 5th ODI (Old Trafford, Manchester): Sun 24 June, 11am UK time. England won by 1 wicket
- T20I (Edgbaston, Birmingham): Wed 27 June, 6.30pm UK time. England won by 28 runs
How to watch on Sky Sports
England vs Australia 2018 is being shown exclusively live by Sky Sports in the UK. The matches are shown on the Sky Sports Cricket channel: 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. It has announced that all of the matches listed above will be shown to Sky Q customers in Ultra HD, with 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 six 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. You could watch the ODI series with two weeks of Now TV coverage.
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. The highlights of Wednesday's T20I are at 1am in the early hours of Thursday morning on Channel 5.
If you missed the highlights when broadcast you can catch up on Channel 5's website for a limited period - that site currently has highlights of the 4th and 5th ODIs.
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, you'll see some more. And the ECB posts a highlights package after the match on its website, although this is much shorter than Channel 5's - more like 5 or 6 minutes.
How to listen on the radio
These are not Test matches, but Test Match Special is still 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.