England kick off their first test tour of Pakistan in 17 years today in Rawalpindi, with the tourists set to approach the opener with plenty of attacking intent. Coach Brendon McCullum's somewhat gung-ho selections sees Liam Livingstone make his test debut, while Ben Duckett returns after a six-year absence as England come into this first of three Tests with a decidedly bold approach. Read on as we explain how to watch a Pakistan vs England live stream and catch the 1st Test online from anywhere.
Dates: December 1-5
Start time: 10am PKT (local) / 5am GMT / 7am SAST / 10.30am IST / 4pm AEST / 6pm NZST / 12am ET
Venue: Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
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Six wins in their last seven matches at home has seen England's recent aggressive 'Bazball' approach to matches vindicated, but it remains to be seen if that high-risk high-reward style pays off abroad.
Pakistan bowlers boast the pace required to cause the tourists some serious problems, while captain Babar Azam is in arguably the form of his career, registering 661 runs in five matches at an average of 73.44 with two centuries and four half-centuries.
Preparations for this first encounter had been hit by a virus which has worked its way through almost the entire England camp, but then players have recovered in time and the Test is underway.
Follow our guide for all the details you need to find a reliable Pakistan vs England 1st Test live stream and watch every session online from wherever you are.
Watch Pakistan vs England: schedule, dates and times
- 1st Test: December 1-5 一 Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
- 2nd Test: December 9-13 一 Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
- 3rd Test: December 17-21 一 National Bank Cricket Arena, Karachi
How to watch Pakistan vs England: live stream for FREE in Australia
Cricket fans Down Under can watch Pakistan vs England on Fox Sports 503 and via Foxtel, with play set to begin at 4pm AEST on each day of the 1st 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.
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.
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.
How to watch Pakistan vs England Test cricket from outside your country
Below we've got you covered with your official Pakistan vs England 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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How to watch Pakistan vs England: live stream Test cricket in the UK
In the UK, Sky Sports is providing exclusive live coverage of the Pakistan vs England Test series. Play gets underway at 5am GMT throughout the 1st Test, with Sky's coverage starting at 4.30am.
If you're looking to watch the Pakistan vs England 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 Pakistan vs England: live stream Test cricket in South Africa
Cricket fans looking to watch the Pakistan vs England 1st Test can catch the action on SuperSport, with play set to get underway at 7am 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 Pakistan vs England: live stream Test cricket in India
In India, the Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the Pakistan vs England Test series, with play set to begin at 10.30am IST across all five days of the match.
Sony Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD will telecast the 1st Test.
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 Pakistan vs England 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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Can I watch a Pakistan vs England 1st Test live stream in New Zealand?
We've looked and we've looked (and we've looked) and we can't find any news of a broadcaster in New Zealand showing this Test series. If the TV situation changes, we'll be sure to let you know.
The only alternative is to use one of our best VPN services as described above, set your location to a country on this page that is broadcasting and go from there. But do bear in mind that most paid streaming services do require a credit card based in the country the service is from.
Pakistan vs England live stream: where to watch Test cricket in the US
Dedicated streaming service Willow TV is where cricket fans can watch Pakistan vs England live in the US, with play starting at 12am ET / 9pm PT across all five days of the 1st 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.
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