Australia vs South Africa live stream: How to watch Cricket World Cup

Mitch Marsh of Australia drops a catch ahead of the Australia vs South Africa live stream.
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Watch an Australia v South Africa live stream

Looking for a free Australia v South Africa live stream? Every game is FREE on the Hotstar mobile app in India. If you live in India but you're away from home right now you can use a VPN to unblock the free stream from anywhere. Full details on how to watch Australia v South Africa, wherever you are, just below. 

Australia will need 312 to win after South Africa, who were inserted, scored 311-7 in their 50 overs. Quinton de Kock top-scored for the Proteas with 109 off 106 balls.

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Date Thursday, October 12
Time 1.30am PT / 4.30am ET / 9.30am BST / 2pm IST / 7.30pm AEDT
Watch FREE: Hotstar app (IND) | PTV Sports (PAK) (selected matches)
US live stream: Willow TV on Sling ($10)
Use ExpressVPN to watch any stream

Australia v South Africa: preview 

We saw just how powerful and devastating the South African batting line up can be in their opening game. They broke the record for the highest innings in a world cup and Aiden Markram scored the quickest century in a world cup, off 49 balls. Set against this was that the opponents were Sri Lanka, who had a severely depleted bowling attack. Australia vs South Africa will be much sterner test when it comes to bowling.

The Proteas were few people’s favorites for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. Mainly because of South Africa's poor history in world cups allied to an unenviable reputation as chokers come the big occasion. They have lost key games in daft ways. However some pundits have been whispering that the Proteas could be the dark horses this year because of their explosive batting line up. This now eagerly anticipated match in Lucknow may well suggest which view has the more merit.

Australia enter the match on the back of a defeat. But this was against India, who will probably be their toughest opponent. Many foresaw an Australia-India final before the tournament began. But the way with which India overcame Australia, by six wickets and 8.4 overs to spare, does question how strong Australia really are.

Have Australia been over-rated and South Africa under-estimated? Read on as we explain how to watch the 2023 Cricket World Cup and get an Australia v South Africa live stream online from wherever you are, including for FREE.

FREE Australia v South Africa live streams

Where to find FREE Australia v South Africa live streams

Every game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup will be live streamed for FREE via the Hotstar app for mobiles in India.

In Australia and Pakistan, select 2023 Cricket World Cup games are being shown for FREE on 9Now and PTV Sports including this match for Australians. In the UK, the final will be shown for FREE on My5.

Are you from any of these countries but planning to travel during the tournament? Use a cricket VPN to unblock your usual stream from anywhere. Details below.

How to watch Australia v South Africa live stream from outside your country

Below we've got you covered with your official broadcasting options for more cricket-loving countries (and the US!), but if you're outside your country of residence - whether that's India, Pakistan, Australia or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the 2023 Cricket World Cup via your typical broadcasting service, 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 Australia v South Africa from anywhere:


Safety, speed, and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Global Australia v South Africa live streams

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How to watch Australia v South Africa live stream for FREE in India

Hotstar app

Every game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup is being live streamed for free via the Hotstar app for mobiles in India.

However, if you want to tune in on a larger screen, you'll need to pay for Star Sports or a Disney+ Hotstar streaming subscription.

Disney Plus Hotstar prices start at Rs 499, with the all-access content plan priced at Rs 1,499.

Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home Cricket World Cup 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 Australia v South Africa live stream for FREE in Pakistan

PTV Sports

Select 2023 Cricket World Cup games are being shown on the state-owned channel PTV Sports in Pakistan, which is fantastic news as PTV Sports is 100% free-to-watch, with only your phone number required to verify your identity.

Anyone in Pakistan simply needs to head to the PTV Sports website or download the PTVFLIX app to tune in without paying a penny.

Not in Pakistan right now? You can still enjoy the same free Cricket World Cup coverage you would at home - all you need is a world class VPN service and you've knocked it for six!

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How to watch Australia v South Africa in Australia


Select 2023 Cricket World Cup matches – including the final, semis and every Australia game – are being shown for FREE on Channel 9 and 9Gem in Australia, but not this one, sadly.

To watch Australia v South Africa live streams in Australia you'll need Fox Sports, available through Foxtel. Coverage can also be live streamed via Foxtel Now

Another cost-efficient alternative to Foxtel is the incredible sports platform Kayo Sports, which currently offers new users a FREE 7-day trial.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its One plan (AU$25/month), two devices with Basic (AU$30/month), and three devices with a Premium sub (AU$35 a month).

Kayo also gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NFL, NBA, PGA Tour golf, NRL, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.

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How to watch Australia v South Africa live stream in the US (and Canada)


Every game of the 2023 Cricket World Cup is being shown on both ESPN Plus and Willow TV in the US. Willow is also available in Canada.

We'd recommend ESPN Plus to sports fanatics, as it also has the rights to the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA Tour golf, Top Rank boxing and EFL, FA Cup, Bundesliga and La Liga soccer.

Monthly plans cost $10.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is priced at $109.99 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 $14.99 a month for the Disney Plus bundle – $24.99 if you want to ditch the ads.

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

It's also accessible via OTT provider Sling TV across a range of devices. There are options to pay just for Willow (from $10 a month), or add it to your existing Sling plan. You can check out your options and sign up on its website.

Out of the US and want to watch your home coverage? No worries - just use a VPN as described below.

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How to watch Australia v South Africa live stream in the UK

Sky Sports

The 2023 Cricket World Cup is being shown on Sky Sports and its dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel in the UK. However, the final is also being shown for FREE on Channel 5 and My5.

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 a good streaming VPN, as detailed above. 

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How to watch Australia v South Africa live stream in New Zealand

Sky Sport

Sky Sport is the place to watch the Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Subscribers can tune in online using the country's Sky Go service.

If you don't have Sky Sport on cable, the cricket is also being shown live via the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform. 

A Sky Sport Now subscription costs from $24.99 per week.

Roderick Easdale

Roderick is a freelance sports journalist and a crossword complier. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG WodehouseThe Don: Beyond BoundariesWally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder. An erratic fast bowler in his youth, Roderick became an erratic medium pacer in his autumn playing days. His last wicket was a stumping, which made him decide it was time to retire. He now occasionally plays for the MCC – but for their golf team. He is a member of Trevose and has played golf in around two dozen countries.