The Ashes 2019: How to watch The Ashes – TV, live stream, schedule, dates, times, highlights

Everything you need to know about The Ashes 2019 series between England and Australia

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18:  A replica Ashes urn is pictured in front of the scoreboard during day five of the Third Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at WACA on December 18, 2017 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia star Steve Smith has produced a masterclass so far in the series with totals of 142, 144 and 92, but missed the third Test due to a concussion suffered following a bouncer to the neck from England fast-bowler Jofra Archer.

Advertisement

However, Ben Stokes stepped up with one of the all-time greatest innings from an England batsman as he recorded 135 runs not out from 219 balls to complete a staggering comeback in the third Test.

England looked down and out at 286/9 but Stokes and Jack Leach dug in to reach 362/9 to etch an incredible day of cricket into the history books.

It’s still all to play for going into the final two Test matches, but how can you soak up the action?

RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about the upcoming 2019 Ashes.


The Ashes 2019 schedule

1st Test – AUSTRALIA win by 251 runs

Dates: Thursday 1st – Monday 5th August 2019

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham


2nd Test – MATCH DRAWN

Dates: Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th August 2019

Venue: Lord’s, London


3rd Test – ENGLAND win by 1 wicket

Dates: Thursday 22nd – Monday 26th August 2019

Venue: Headingley, Leeds


4th Test

Dates: Wednesday 4th – Sunday 8th September 2019

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Fourth Test preview, times, how to watch on TV and live stream

5th Test

Dates: Thursday 12th – Monday 16th September 2019

Venue: The Oval, London

Fifth Test preview, times, how to watch on TV and live stream – coming soon


How to watch and stream The Ashes live on TV in the UK


Some of our articles contain contextual affiliate links. You can support us by clicking on these as we may earn commission if you make a purchase. There is no extra cost to you and we never allow this to bias our content.


The Ashes will be available to watch live in the UK on Sky Sports and NOW TV.

Viewers will be able to watch all the matches live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.

Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to stream the matches via the SkyGo and Sky Sports apps.

Sky customers can add Sky Sports Cricket to their deal for just £18 per month and can cancel anytime or subscribe to the full Sky Sports package for £23 per month.

If you don’t have Sky, you’ll be able to watch the matches through NOW TV without signing up for a full contract. You can get a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99, a week pass for £12.99 or a month pass for £33.99. NOW TV can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles.


How to watch highlights of The Ashes in the UK

Free-to-air highlights of the matches will be available daily during the tournament on Channel 5.

How to watch and stream The Ashes live in Australia

For those willing to stay up late and get up early, The Ashes will be broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Sports in Australia.

How to buy tickets for The Ashes

The ballots for Ashes tickets at all of the host grounds are now closed.

For further details and future opportunities to buy Ashes tickets, visit the ECB website.

Why is it called The Ashes?

The term originates from The Sporting Life newspaper, which in 1882 published a satirical obituary of English cricket after Australia had beaten England at The Oval – the first time the tourists won a game on English soil.

The piece stated that “the body [of English cricket] will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”

The following Test series was thus dubbed by the media as an attempt to win the ‘ashes’ of cricket back, with then-England cricket captain Ivo Bligh vowing to “regain those ashes.”

The name has stuck for well over a century.

Who won The Ashes in 2018?

Australia are current holders of The Ashes, having won the series in Australia in 2017-18 by four matches to nil.

Australia won all but the fourth Test in Melbourne, which ended in a draw.

Which team has won The Ashes the most times?

For a series that has gone on for more than 130 years, the overall tally is remarkably close.

Advertisement

In total there have been 70 series. Australia have won 33, England 32, and five have been drawn.