It’s time – watch cricket’s oldest rivals do battle for the Ashes
|England v Australia|
|Australia are 72 for 3|
|Date:1 August 2019||Match:1st Test||Start time:17:00|
Umpires:Joel Wilson / Aleem Dar
Toss:Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
The 2019 Ashes gets under way today, with England unlikely to need extra motivation to win back the urn after defeat Down Under in 2017.
Joe Root’s side were dominated from start to finish during the five-match series, losing four matches including two by an innings and one by 10 wickets.
But England have been far more successful on home soil, winning the last four to take place in England, and will be looking to make it five in a row this summer.
Here is our guide to the fixture dates, TV coverage and more.
Ashes 2019 live stream: how to watch every England vs Australia cricket Test from anywhere
To cricket fans, there’s nothing more exciting than a first Ashes Test. Forget your World Cups and Twenty20s – winning the Ashes is the biggest feather in a cap for any cricketer from old rivals England and Australia. Today sees the start of the latest chapter in the 135-year sporting story and you’ll be able to watch all of the action Edgbaston 1st Test action between England vs Australia no matter where you are in the world with our 2019 Ashes live stream guide.
It’s one of oldest sporting rivalries and the Ashes series still stands as the pinnacle of Test cricket. England will be desperate to win back the Ashes on home soil, having been thrashed 4-0 Down Under 18 months ago. While for the Aussies it’s an opportunity to make some positive headlines after their recent ball-tampering scandal and a World Cup campaign that ended at the semi-final stage after promising so much more.
The home side appear to have huge strength in depth when it comes to bowling, but big doubts remain over their batting line up going into the series. Jofra Archer’s superb showing at the World Cup which saw him take 20 wickets during the tournament,ensured his place in the squad for the first Ashes Test. His pace, added to the quality brought by Jimmy Anderson and Chris Woakes makes England a formidable force with the ball.
However, last week’s one-off Test against Ireland at Lords only served to highlight just how unconvincing England’s batting order still looks, with it clearly lacking a settled top three order.
Australia go into the series with former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all reinstalled to the line-up after completing their bans for the infamous sandpaper ball-tampering scandal. Their middle and lower middle-order however, looks decidedly weak and inexperienced on paper.
If Australia are to avenge their recent humbling in the World Cup semi-finals against their arch-rivals and win their first series in England since 2001, then it’ll likely be down to fast bowling department, which boast a potent mix of James Pattinson’s pace and Pat Cummins’ machine-like accuracy. And the resounding victory of their female counterparts in the Women’s Ashes could give them a boost, too!
It’s set to be a fascinating series – follow the instructions below to watch all of the action where we’ll tell you how to grab an England vs Australia Ashes live stream from pretty much anywhere on Earth. The great news…it’s absolutely free in Australia.
Ashes 2019 live stream: how to watch every England vs Australia cricket Test from anywhere.
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