A year after flat-out refusing to engage with the Kiwis, England go and do that. Jonny Bairstow clubbed home 136 from 92 and came within a whisker of toppling a 120-year-old English Test record, while Ben Stokes just kept aiming for the top tier to guarantee a series victory with one Test to spare. Heavy-metal cricket, fantasy cricket, call it what you like. It was irresponsible, and when it goes wrong it’ll go spectacularly wrong, but it was also one of the most memorable Test matches ever. Follow our guide as we explain how to live stream England vs New Zealand and watch the series-closing 3rd Test from anywhere.
But before England fans get too carried away, a few caveats. New Zealand were without Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson got injured, Tim Southee had a stinker, and how differently things may have turned out if the Blackcaps had maintained their focus on that momentum-shifting fourth day.
But that's not to take anything away from Bairstow, who channeled Brendon McCullum in rewriting the rules of how Test cricket is supposed to be played. The 225 fours and 24 sixes not only set a new record for the most boundaries in a single Test, but forced even the crustiest of traditionalists to consider the slightest possibility that the longest format of the game can learn something from the shortest.
The era of Stokes and McCullum is off to a stormer, and the only thing that's guaranteed is entertainment. Follow our guide for all the details you need to find a reliable England vs New Zealand 3rd Test live stream and watch every session online from wherever you are.
How to watch England vs New Zealand live stream in the UK
In the UK, Sky Sports is providing exclusive live coverage of the England vs New Zealand Test series. Play gets underway at 11am BST throughout the 3rd Test, with Sky's coverage starting well ahead of time, at 10am on the opening day and 10.15am thereafter.
You can choose your plan and sign up on the Sky website. And if you can't watch on TV, the Sky Go app has you covered so that you can watch on your laptop, mobile, tablet, Xbox or PS4.
If you're looking to watch the England vs New Zealand series but don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract, consider the more flexible streaming option, Now.
And if you're outside the UK and want to watch your cricket coverage at home, don't worry about geo-blockers - just pick up a good VPN and follow the instructions below to safely live stream the action.
How to watch England vs Blackcaps in New Zealand
Kiwis can watch the England vs New Zealand 3rd Test on Sky Sport. With play set to get underway at 10pm NZST across all five days of the Test, you're going to have to stay up seriously late to catch the action live.
The network is available as part of a range of pay TV packages, and Sky Sport subscribers can also live stream the action via the Sky Go service.
Cord-cutters and anyone else, meanwhile, can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a weekly pass costs $19.99 and a monthly pass costs $39.99. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.
How to watch England vs New Zealand Test cricket from outside your country
Below we've got you covered with your official England vs New Zealand broadcasting options for the US, Australia (where you can watch for FREE) and India, but if you're currently outside your country of residence and trying to stream the cricket via your local broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't, as it's location restricted. But there is a way to tune in regardless.
By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's fine print, of course - specifically its terms and conditions.
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How to watch England vs New Zealand in Australia for FREE
Cricket fans Down Under can watch England vs New Zealand on Fox Cricket (channel 501) and via Foxtel, with play set to begin at 8pm AEST on each day of the 3rd Test.
If you don't have Fox as part of a pay TV package, your best option is to sign up for the excellent Kayo Sports streaming service.
It features no lock-in contracts and gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NRL, soccer, F1, NFL... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all-out on Fox.
Better still, Kayo offers a FREE two-week trial!
After that, the Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. The service also offers a Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
Outside Australia? Don't forget, you can take your cricket coverage abroad with you as well. For those wanting to watch home coverage of sports from overseas, a good VPN is the solution.
England vs New Zealand live stream: where to watch Test cricket in the US
Dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV is where you can watch this England vs New Zealand Test series live in the US, with play starting at 6am ET / 3am PT on each day of the 3rd Test.
Willow TV (also available in Canada), is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more.
Perhaps a better option for those looking for an alternative to cable would be to opt for a cord-cutting streaming service like Sling TV. If you already have Sling, then you can add Willow TV for an extra $5 for one month. And if you don't, then you can currently bag a big six of a bargain by getting Sling TV - featuring 30+ channels - with your first month currently available with a 50% discount.
England vs New Zealand live stream: how to watch Test cricket in India
In India, the Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the England vs New Zealand Test series, with play set to begin at 3.30pm IST each day.
Sony Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD will telecast the 3rd Test with English commentary.
If you prefer to watch on an app or website, Sony Liv will be streaming the matches 一 but you'll need a premium subscription to watch the cricket live, which costs Rs 999 for a year, Rs 699 for six months, or Rs 299 per month. Jio users can watch the series free of cost with the JioTV mobile application.
Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home cricket coverage can just pick up a good VPN and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action.
- The best data plans to catch all the live action (India-only)
England vs New Zealand Test schedule: dates and times
- 1st Test: England won by 5 wickets
- 2nd Test: England won by 5 wickets
- 3rd Test: Thursday, June 23 - Monday June 27 一 Headingley, Leeds 一 11am BST / 10pm NZST
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.