33 runs would win it for the hosts on Day 5 of the England vs South Africa 3rd Test, one that's been both brilliant and bizarre in equal measures. England might have clinched victory inside two days of play were it not for bad light, and Alex Lees and Zak Crawley will be determined to take them over the line as they return to the crease this morning. Unless? Surely not... Read on as we explain how to watch an England vs South Africa live stream and catch the conclusion of the 3rd Test online from anywhere.
Dates: Thursday, September 8 - Monday, September 12
Start time: 11am BST (local) / 12pm SAST / 3.30pm IST / 8pm AEST / 10pm NZST / 6am ET
Venue: The Oval, London
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With both teams not set to return to Test action until December, the result of this series will live long in the memory. Unless Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje can pull something extraordinary out of the bag - we wouldn't rule it out completely - it'll be the Proteas who spend the next few months ruminating on their setup.
Before England pop the corks, they'd do well to remember that this Test is one that's emphatically belonged to the bowlers. The celebrations may have already begun in some quarters, but they still have a job to do on what has been a very lively pitch.
Don't rule out the seemingly impossible at The Oval today. Follow our guide for all the details you need to find a reliable England vs South Africa 3rd Test live stream and watch every session online from wherever you are.
England vs South Africa Test schedule: dates and times
- 1st Test: South Africa won by an innings and 12 runs
- 2nd Test: England won by an innings and 85 runs
- 3rd Test: September 8-TBC 一 The Oval, London 一 11am BST / 12pm SAST
How to watch England vs South Africa for FREE in Australia
Cricket fans Down Under can watch England vs South Africa 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 a Kayo Sports FREE trial.
There are no lock-in contracts and it 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.
After that, the Basic Package costs $27.50 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.
How to watch England vs South Africa Test cricket from outside your country
Below we've got you covered with your official England vs South Africa broadcasting options for the UK, South Africa, India, New Zealand and the US, 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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England vs South Africa live stream: where to watch Test cricket in the US
Dedicated streaming service Willow TV is where cricket fans can watch England vs South Africa live in the US, with play starting at 6am ET / 3am PT across all five days 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.
How to watch England vs South Africa: live stream Test cricket in the UK
In the UK, Sky Sports is providing exclusive live coverage of the England vs South Africa Test series. Play gets underway at 11am BST throughout the 3rd Test, with Sky's coverage starting at 10am on the opening day and 10.15am thereafter.
If you're looking to watch the England vs South Africa series but don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract, consider the more flexible streaming option, Now. Now sports passes start at £11.99.
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 Proteas: live stream Test cricket in South Africa
Cricket fans looking to watch the England vs Proteas 3rd Test in South Africa can catch the action on SuperSport, with play set to get underway at 12pm SAST on each day of the match.
And if you're not going to be able to watch on your TV, you can also tune in via the network's streaming service for PC and Mac, as well as via SuperSport's dedicated app.
How to watch England vs South Africa: live stream Test cricket in India
In India, the Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the England vs South Africa Test series, with play set to begin at 3.30pm IST across all five days of the match.
Sony Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD will telecast the 3rd Test with English commentary.
If you'd prefer to watch on an app or website, Sony Liv will be streaming the match 一 but you'll need a premium subscription to watch England vs South Africa 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.
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How to watch England vs South Africa: live stream 3rd Test in New Zealand
Cricket fans can watch England vs South Africa on Spark Sport in New Zealand, but with play set to get underway at 10pm NZST across the 3rd Test, you're going to have to stay up seriously late to catch the action live.
The better news is that Spark Sport offers a 7-day free trial so you can try before you buy.
Once that's expired, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes plenty of Black Caps action, The Hundred, as well as F1 and MotoGP racing.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.
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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.