How to watch Ashes 2021 online: free live stream, Test dates, and more as the series concludes in Hobart

How to watch Ashes online
Australia already have their hands on the famous urn. (Image credit: Getty/ Tom Jenkins)

Here's how to watch Ashes 2021 online from anywhere in the world.

England has at least managed to avoid a whitewash but is still 3-0 in the series having been completely outplayed by Australia so far in the series.

Hobart is excitingly hosting its first Ashes Test, which adds interest to the game which is being played at the Bellerive Oval. It's also a day/night match which in theory helps the tourists as the ball should move about more.

England, though, has been hit by a string of injuries, which led to Sam Billings making an amazing 500 miles dash across Australia to join the side.

Billings had been playing in the Big Bash and was about to head home when he got the call to come and help England. And, as a Covid, precaution he drove the huge distance rather than getting a flight.

So, can England rescue a bit more pride? Or will Australia bulldoze its way through England's fragile batting line-up once again?

How to watch the Ashes for free in Australia

Cricket fans in Australia can also watch every game for free on Channel 7. Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting will be leading Channel 7’s coverage. Plus, rather more unusually, Stephen Fry is also part of the team!

There's, unfortunately, no coverage on the 7Plus streaming service as previously reported.

If you don't want ads, you can live stream the Ashes with the great value streaming service Kayo Sports, currently offering a Free 14-Day trial.

You can use a VPN if you're not in Australia right now to watch the cricket. How to do that below...

How to watch Ashes 2021 online anywhere in the world

There is a handy way to watch your favorite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it's called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favorite TV shows even if you’re away from home.

Our favorite is ExpressVPN, which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favorite TV show on.

From laptops to Smart TVs, Amazon Fire Sticks, games consoles and even mobile phones, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location to enable you to watch the things you love around the world.

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How to watch the Ashes in the UK

The Ashes are being shown on BT Sport. One option you have is that BT Sport has a £25 monthly pass where you can also see Champions League matches as well as cricket.

The BBC is also screening highlights. The broadcaster announced that there will be a daily highlights show of the Men’s Ashes on BBC iPlayer. The highlights will be available at 5pm each day.

How to watch the Ashes in the USA

You can watch the Ashes in America via streaming service Willow TV. You can get Willow TV through cable TV providers or you could go for a cord-cutting streaming service such as Sling TV.

If you’re already a Sling TV customer, you can add Willow TV for just $5 a month. If you don’t have Sling, you can get a Sling package featuring over 30 dollars for only $10 a month.

2021 Ashes Test dates, times and results

1st Test: Dec 8-12 一 The Gabba, Brisbane 一 11am AEDT / 12am GMT - Australia won

2nd Test: Dec 16-20 一 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 一 3pm AEDT / 4am GMT - Australia won

3rd Test: Dec 26-30 一 MCG, Melbourne 一 10.30am AEDT / 11.30pm GMT - Australia won

4th Test: Jan 5-9 一 SCG, Sydney 一 10.30am AEDT / 11.30pm GMT - Draw.

5th Test: Jan 14-18 一 Bellerive Oval, Hobart. 

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