Australia vs England live stream: how to watch Ashes 5th Test from anywhere, England bat for first win

Captains Joe Root of England and Pat Cummins of Australia shaking hands ahead of an Ashes cricket Test
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Sorry Aussie fans... there will be no whitewash! But with a historic first ever Ashes Test taking place at Hobart this week, there's still plenty of intrigue to enjoy. Read on as we explain how to watch an Ashes 5th Test live stream from wherever you are in the world - and be sure to note that this is another day/night game with play starting at 3pm AEDT / 4am GMT.

Having come within one wicket of having the chance to whitewash the tourists in Tasmania, the rampant Aussies will be eager to put an exclamation point on a fantastic home series Down Under but now at the final innings of the Test, England have victory in their sites – unless the Aussie bowlers can spoil the party.

Australia vs England 5th Test live stream

Dates: January 14 - 18

Time: 3pm AEDT / 4am GMT / 5pm NZDT / 9.30am IST / 11pm ET

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia

FREE Ashes live stream: Kayo Sports (14-day trial) (opens in new tab)

Global live streams: BT Sport (opens in new tab) (UK) | Sony Six (opens in new tab) (India) | Sky Sport (opens in new tab) (NZ) | Willow TV via Sling TV (US) | ICC.TV (opens in new tab)

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Everything that captain Pat Cummins and his selectors have done has seemed to work, with debutant bowler Scott Boland and returning batsman Usman Khawaja the standout success stories. And what about Travis Head!?

For England, it has been a desperate couple of months and serious recriminations will follow. But first they need to capitalise on the shining lights of the Sydney Test, with Zak Crawley's stylish second-innings knock giving some glimmer of optimism. Rory Burns, Ollies Pop and Robinson and Chris Woakes return. While Jos Buttler's injury gives the well-travelled Sam Billings the chance to get his first cap behind the stumps.

It's time for some fun under the lights, so follow our guide for all the details you need to find a reliable Australia vs England live stream and how to watch the Ashes 5th Test online from anywhere. Fans in Australia can watch the Ashes for free on Channel 7 (an online Ashes live stream is available on Kayo Sports - you can watch for free with a 14-day Kayo Sports trial (opens in new tab)).

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How to watch the Ashes FREE: live stream 5th Test in Australia

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Play gets underway at 3pm AEDT on all five days of the 5th Ashes Test, with coverage starting an hour in advance.

Down Under, cricket fans can live stream every match of every Ashes Test on Kayo Sports. This ad-free Ashes coverage is available through Fox Cricket, and can be streamed on your laptop or mobile wherever you are using the Foxtel Go (opens in new tab) app or the great-value streaming service Kayo Sports (opens in new tab). If you do like the idea of giving it a go, Kayo's plans come with a FREE 14-day trial (opens in new tab).

Not in Australia right now? Use a VPN (opens in new tab) if you're away from home to tap into your domestic coverage.

If you happen to have access to a TV throughout the series, though, then you won't have to pay a penny because Channel 7 will televise the Ashes for free. Do beware, though, that there is no Ashes coverage on the 7Plus streaming service as we previously reported.

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How to watch Australia vs England: live stream Ashes in the UK

BT Sport (opens in new tab)

You can watch the Ashes via BT Sport, and the important thing to note is that the 5th Test is probably the most conveniently timed for fans based in the UK.

Play gets underway at 4am GMT on all five days, but is scheduled to continue through to around 11am, so you should be able to catch at least the last few hours of the action without losing any sleep.

The 5th Test begins at 4am on Friday morning, and BT's coverage starts an hour earlier.

Don't forget that BT now has a £25 Monthly Pass (opens in new tab), so you can get 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 the Ashes on any number of devices, including mobiles, tablets, consoles and smart TVs.

How to watch Ashes from outside your country

Below we've got you covered with your official broadcasting options for major cricket loving countries (and the US!), but if you're outside your country of residence and try to start streaming Ashes 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.

Use a VPN to live stream Ashes cricket from anywhere

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How to use a VPN

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

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - so that's Kayo Sports for Aussies (opens in new tab) and BT Sport for UK cricket fans (opens in new tab)

The Ashes trophy on a cricket pitch

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How to live stream Ashes in New Zealand

Sky Sport (opens in new tab)

Sky Sport (opens in new tab) is the place to watch the Ashes in New Zealand, with play getting underway at 5pm NZDT on each afternoon of the Australia vs England 5th Test.

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 just $19.99.

Anyone in New Zealand from abroad or vice-versa can use the VPN route (opens in new tab) outlined earlier to access their preferred coverage just like they would at home.

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Ashes live stream: how to watch Australia vs England Test cricket in India

Sony Six (opens in new tab)

In India, the Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the Ashes, and play gets underway at 9.30am IST on each day of the Australia vs England Test.

Sony Six (opens in new tab) will telecast the action with English commentary, while Sony Ten 3 will offer matches with Hindi commentary, and lastly Sony Ten 4 will broadcast in regional languages. 

If you prefer to live stream the Ashes on the go, you can do so with Sony Liv (opens in new tab), but 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. 

Jio users can watch the series free of cost with the JioTV mobile app. 

Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home cricket coverage can just pick up a good VPN (opens in new tab) and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action. 

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Australia vs England live stream: where to watch Ashes cricket in the US (and Canada) 

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In the US, play gets underway at 11pm ET / 8pm PT each day of the Australia vs England Test, continuing deep into the following morning. The first day commences on Thursday night for those stateside.

The Ashes are being shown by dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV (opens in new tab), which is available from a number of cable providers in the US and Canada. 

Willow TV subscribers can also use their cable provider’s login details on willow.tv to stream the Ashes right from their computer. Alternatively, Willow TV also has apps for Android and iOS.

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, 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, which features 30+ channels, and try it out with its 3-day free trial (opens in new tab).

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