The Ashes live stream: how to watch England vs Australia 5th Test live from The Oval, Day 5

Zak Crawley of England makes it home as he avoids a run out ahead of the The Ashes 2023 between England and Australia.
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Watch Ashes live stream 2023

Looking for a free England vs Australia live stream? The 5th Ashes Test is being shown for FREE on 9Now in Australia, and on TVNZ in New Zealand. Use our favourite cricket VPN to access free coverage from anywhere, if you're away from home or on holiday. In the UK, the Ashes is on Sky Sports. It's on Willow TV in the US, and Sony LIV in India. Full details on how to watch England vs Australia just below.

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Dates: Thurs, July 27 – Mon, July 31
Start time: 11am BST / 8pm AEST / 3.30pm IST / 6am ET
Free live stream: 9Now (AUS) | TVNZ Duke
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Ashes 5th Test: preview

The 5th Ashes Test has reached the final day – can England hold on and stop the Aussies winning their first series in the UK since 2001? And can Stuart Broad grab a few wickets before he retires?

The action is set to be yet another nail-biter. Australia may have retained The Ashes after rain stopped play last time out, but England will be keen to wrap up the series with a win at The Oval. Ben Stokes has named an unchanged starting XI for the fifth Test at The Oval.

For a long time now, the Aussies have been the world's best Test cricket team by some distance, and since tearing England to shreds in the last Ashes series, they haven't taken a step back. If the sheer quality of cricket wasn't enough to seduce you, in Scott Boland they've now added a heart-warming everyman aspect to their arsenal.

But compare and contrast the current England setup with the one that was taken to the cleaners Down Under a year and a half ago. It's no longer too painful to poke a bit of fun at the Joe Root era, so dramatic has been the improvement wrought by Ben Stokes. There's steel in the team now, not to mention an unwavering desire to entertain, and if they go down they'll go down scrapping. 

But while it's fair to call England underdogs, that's not to say that they have nothing to lose. The last time an Australia team won an Ashes series in England was in 2001, and though the Aussies only need a draw to retain the urn, their veterans Steve Smith, David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc would love to end that hoodoo.

Read on as we explain how to watch the Ashes 5th Test live stream today – including for free. Full Ashes 2023 schedule below.

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Watch a FREE Ashes 2023 live stream


Cricket fans in Australia are amongst the luckiest in the world, as they can watch every Test of the 2023 Ashes for FREE on Channel 9.

That means viewers can also fire up a free Ashes live stream on the 9Now streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices. Currently away from Australia?

Use a VPN to watch Ashes 2023 on 9Now from abroad.

All five tests are scheduled to begin at 8pm AEST.

How to watch Ashes 2023 from outside your country

Below we've got you covered with your official broadcasting options for cricket loving countries (and the US!), but if you're outside your country of residence - whether that's Australia, the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the Ashes 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.

Use a VPN to watch The Ashes 2023 from anywhere

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ExpressVPN is the world's top VPN right now
We've taken the time to try out all the biggest VPN providers and we found ExpressVPN to be the pick of the bunch. It works with lots of devices and offers super fast connections across its many servers. 

Throw in its robust set of security features and ExpressVPN is the best all-round VPN for streaming - and perhaps best of all, it has a 30-day money back guarantee plus 3 months FREE when you subscribe for a year.

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How to use a VPN to watch Ashes 2023

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'Australia' for 9Now.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - 9Now for Aussies abroad.

Ashes 2023 schedule: dates and times

  • 1st Test: June 16June 20: Edgbaston, Birmingham — Australia win
  • 2nd Test: June 28 – July 2: Lord's, London 一 Australia win
  • 3rd Test: July 6 – 10: Headingley, Leeds 一 England win
  • 4th Test: July 19 – 23: Old Trafford, Manchester 一 11am BST / 8pm AEST
  • 5th Test: July 27 – 31: The Oval, London 一 11am BST / 8pm AEST

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How to watch Ashes 2023 in the UK


The 2023 Ashes are being shown on Sky Sports and its dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel in the UK. All five tests are scheduled to start at 11am BST.

Sky Sports subscribers can watch the cricket on the go on mobile devices via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. 

If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV).

To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download the best cricket VPN, as detailed above. 

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How to watch Ashes 2023 for FREE in New Zealand


TVNZ Duke is showing the Ashes Test for free in New Zealand, with play set to get underway at 10pm NZST across all five days.

That means you can live stream England vs Australia for free on TVNZ Plus, which is also completely free to use.

Outside New Zealand? Remember that Kiwis abroad can use a VPN to tune into TVNZ Plus while away from home.

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How to watch Ashes 2023 cricket in India


In India, Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the 2023 Ashes series, with play set to begin at 3.30pm IST for all five Tests.

If you'd prefer to watch on an app or website, Sony Liv will be streaming the action. You'll need a premium subscription to watch The Ashes live, which costs Rs 999 for a year, Rs 699 for six months, or Rs 299 per month. There's also a mobile-only plan that costs Rs 599 per year.

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 Ashes 2023: live stream cricket in the US and Canada


Dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV is showing the 2023 Ashes series in full in the US and Canada, with each game scheduled to start at 6am ET / 3am PT.

Willow TV is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more. 

Not got cable? No worries, as Willow TV is also accessible via OTT provider Sling TV across a range of devices. There are options to pay just for Willow (from $5 a month), or add it to your existing Sling plan. You can check out your options and sign up on its website.

Ashes 2023 squads: England and Australia

England Ashes 2023 squad

Ben Stokes
Ollie Pope
James Anderson
Jonny Bairstow
Stuart Broad
Harry Brook
Zak Crawley
Ben Duckett
Dan Lawrence
Jack Leach
Matthew Potts
Ollie Robinson
Joe Root
Josh Tongue
Chris Woakes
Mark Wood

Australia Ashes 2023 squad

Pat Cummins (c)
Steve Smith
Scott Boland
Alex Carey
Cameron Green
Marcus Harris
Josh Hazlewood
Travis Head
Josh Inglis
Usman Khawaja
Marnus Labuschagne
Nathan Lyon
Mitchell Marsh
Todd Murphy
Jimmy Peirson
Matt Renshaw
Mitchell Starc
David Warner

When is the women's Ashes 2023?

The women’s test at Trent Bridge starts on June 22.

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Aatif Sulleyman

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.