New Zealand vs England live stream: how to watch 1st Test cricket online from anywhere

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Watch an New Zealand vs England 1st Test live stream

You can watch New Zealand vs England 1st Test on BT Sport in the UK. Black Cap fans can stream all the play live on Spark Sports, while viewers in Australia can tune in on Fox Cricket and via a Kayo Sports free trial. Those in the US can watch a New Zealand vs England live stream on ESPN Plus. Full details on how to watch New Zealand vs England can be found below.

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Dates: Thursday, February 16 - Monday, February 20
Start time: 2pm NZDT / 1am GMT / 12pm AEDT / 8pm ET/ 6.30am IST
TV channel: BT Sport (UK) | Spark Sport (NZ) | Fox Cricket (AU)
Free live stream: Kayo Sports trial (AU) | Spark Sport Now trial (NZ)

New Zealand vs England 1st Test: preview

Two Test sides with widely contrasting recent form go head-to-head at the Bay Oval for this, the first of two Tests between New Zealand and England.

The hosts have won just two of their last 10 red ball matches, including home defeats to both Bangladesh and South Africa. 

England are meanwhile on something of a roll under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, with an impressive nine wins from their last 10. That run includes a 3-0 series whitewash over the Black Caps last June.

Things are unlikely to be any easier for New Zealand this time out, with key men Kyle Jamieson and Matt Henry both out injured, whilst Trent Boult has been passed over for selection following his decision to give up a central contract.

Tauranga traditionally provides a pitch that favours batting, meaning the likes of Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, and young gun Harry Brook could have a Test to remember against what appears to be a vulnerable looking Black Cap bowling lineup.

Read on as we explain how to watch a New Zealand vs England 1st Test live stream and watch every session online from wherever you are.

New Zealand vs England Test schedule: dates and times

  • 1st Test: Feb 16-20 一 Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
  • 2nd Test: Feb 24-28 一 Basin Reserve, Wellington

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New Zealand vs England live stream: where to watch Test cricket in the US


Cricket fans in the US can watch New Zealand vs England 1st Test live via ESPN Plus.

Play is set to begin at 8pm ET / 5pm PT across all five days of the match.

ESPN Plus+ monthly plans cost $9.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is priced at $99.99 a year. 

But there's even better value to be had if you grab ESPN+ as part of the big Disney Plus Bundle. As well as ESPN Plus live sports and documentaries, you'll get access to the hugely impressive Disney Plus catalog, which features Marvel movies, every Simpsons episode ever, the complete Star Wars canon, Pixar films, and much more, plus all the great shows and movies that Hulu offers.

And the cost is super reasonable - you only have to pay $13.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle.

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How to watch New Zealand vs England 1st Test: live stream cricket in UK 


You can watch New Zealand vs England on BT Sport in the UK, but be warned that play is set to begin at 1am GMT throughout the 1st Test.

Fans who are happy to brave the unsociable start times can live stream New Zealand vs England using BT Sport's £25 Monthly Pass, which gets you everything BT Sport has to offer, including Champions League football and UFC, without a long-term commitment.

The BT Sport app will let subscribers watch cricket on any number of devices, including mobiles, tablets, consoles and smart TVs.

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How to watch the Black Caps vs England: live stream 1st Test in New Zealand


Cricket fans can watch the Black Caps take on England in this first Test on Spark Sport in New Zealand, with play set to start at 2pm NZDT on Thursday afternoon.

Spark Sport offers a 7-day FREE trial so you can try before you buy, and once that expires, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes every UEFA Champions League game, Europa League football, the European Rugby Champions Cup, F1, MotoGP, NFL and WTA tennis.

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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How to watch New Zealand vs England for FREE in Australia


Cricket fans Down Under can watch New Zealand vs England on Fox Sports 501 and via Foxtel, with play set to begin at 12pm AEDT on each day of the 1st Test.

Don't have Fox? You best option is to sign up for a one-week Kayo Sports FREE trial.

There are no lock-in contracts and it gives you access to over 50 other sports events including the NRL, NFL, F1, NHL, MLB, cricket... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all-out on Fox.

After that, the Basic plan costs just $27.50 a month and lets you stream on two screens, while Premium is $35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices.

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.

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