How to watch cricket online or on TV – live stream international and domestic matches

Mitch Starc of Australia bowls the ball during Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test - Day 2 match between Australia and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
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For cricket fans, there's never been a better time in terms of the sheer amount of the sport that can be watched all year around. Even if you take the calendar-worth of international series and tournaments out of the occasion, there's rarely a time when there isn't some kind of franchise league or domestic competition to enjoy. And in this guide, we're explaining how to watch cricket online wherever you are.

It all begins with Australia's Big Bash League in January and quickly moves on to the Indian Premier League (IPL) that runs from March through May. Then there's the English summer — including the T20 Blast and Hundred — running concurrently with Major League Cricket (MLC) in the US. Before revolving around to Australia-based action, where the merry-go-round starts again...

In the longest form of the game, England host West Indies and Sri Lanka in Test series and, from November, Australia host India in a five-Test clash of the cricketing titans.

Keeping up with the official global broadcasters is almost as complicated as staying on top of the fixture lists themselves. So keep reading to better understand where you can watch cricket live streams the world over — including free options and how to catch games when you're overseas.

How to watch cricket in the US

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To watch England vs West Indies stateside, you'll need access to Willow TV. It's available as part of some cable TV plans or you can watch directly through the streamer.

Alternatively, you can get Willow streams through the OTT service Sling TV. It's a live TV streaming service that lets you watch cable channels over the internet.

Sling hosts Willow — without the need to buy a pricier, more extensive package — on its Desi Binge Plus plan, which costs only $10 for your first month or $99 for a whole year of live cricket. And you an cancel at any time you wish.

The Disney-owned ESPN Plus also carries a limited number of games and tournaments. So if the game you're looking for isn't on Willow, it will likely be on ESPN+. It costs from $10.99 per month or from $14.99 if you get it through the Disney Plus bundle.

How to watch cricket in the UK

Free: There is still a little free-to-air cricket to watch in the UK. The Hundred, for example, has 15 games shown live on the BBC.

The occasional men's T20i and women's one-day international is shown on the BBC, too, with every County Championship game being shown on the counties' YouTube channels.

Paid: Sky Sports is the predominant broadcaster of cricket in the UK and has been the official England team broadcaster for over 20 years now.

Sky shows the vast majority of international and domestic tournaments: both men and women's; international and domestic; red and white ball. Sky TV base packages generally start from around £20-£25 per month, with Sky Sports costing an additonal £20-£25 on top. Alternatively, a Now Sports Membership lets you watch Sky Sports channels with less commitment for £14.99 a day or £26 a month.

TNT Sports is the second biggest cricket broadcaster in the UK and is the rights holder to show various non-England international matches. If you don't have it as part of your TV package, it costs £30.99 per month as part of a Discovery Plus Premium plan.

How to watch cricket in Australia

Free: Aussie cricket fans are luckier than those across the globe in the UK, as there is plenty of free cricket to enjoy — including Test cricket featuring Australia.

Network Seven will broadcast all men’s Tests and women’s international matches, 23 Women's Big Bash League matches and 33 of the 43 Big Bash League matches (including three finals). That means you can also watch on its free 7plus online platform.

Domestically, both the Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup are streamed on the Cricket Australia website for free.

Paid: Fox is the main player when it comes to the majority of live cricket action shown in Australia. It's the co-broadcaster of all the action mentioned in the 'Free' section above, while also taking the exclusive reins on Indian Premier League and other live action from franchise leagues and international cricket around the world.

Anything that Foxtel shows can also be watched online via Foxtel and the specialist sports streaming platform Kayo Sports, with monthly rolling plans starting from $25.

Streaming giant Amazon has also faced up in Australia this year, wining the exclusive rights to stream both the men's and women's T20 World Cups.

How to watch cricket in India

Free: The jewel in Indian cricket's crown, the IPL (or Indian Premier League), is free to watch to the country's 1.4 billion residents. Every match of the tournament is streamed live via JioCinema — either online or via its app for smartphones and tablets.

The same goes for India's home internationals, domestic cricket, and a selection of global franchise leagues such as the SA20, MLC.

Paid: Outside of the formats mentioned above, it's a very mixed scene in India as to where you can watch live cricket. Disney Star / Hotstar is the biggest player in the game, but the Sony Sports Network, FanCode and Amazon Prime Video all have the exclusive rights to show other games.

How to watch cricket streams from anywhere with a VPN

If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch live cricket, you might run into some problems as your normal stream will almost certainly be geo-blocked. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

A VPN lets you change your IP address to that of the area of what you want to watch, meaning you can tune in to cricket, your favorite sports and other content even if you're not there. Our favorite is NordVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

How to use a VPN to watch any stream

  • Download the app at NordVPN
  • Choose the location of the streaming service you want to watch (UK, US, etc)
  • Navigate to the streaming service and start watching!
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NordVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want, from wherever you want to watch it.

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free. Give it a go.

Cricket streams in July 2024 and where to watch

Lanka Premier League
Monday, July 1 — Sunday, July 21

Major League Cricket (MLC)
Friday, July 5 — Saturday, July 28
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

Zimbabwe vs India: 5-match T20i series
Saturday, July 6 — Sunday, July 14
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

England vs New Zealand Women: 5-match T20i series
Saturday, July 6 — Wednesday, July 17
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

England vs West Indies: 3-match Test series
Wednesday, July 10 — Tuesday, July 30
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

Women's T20 Asia Cup
Friday, July 19 — Sunday, July 28

The Hundred
Tuesday, July 23 — Sunday, August 18
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Test match
Thursday, July 25 — Monday, July 29

County Championship
Friday, April 5 — Sunday, September 29

T20 Blast: group stage
Thursday, May 30 — Friday, July 9
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

Cricket streams in August 2024 and where to watch

Ireland vs Sri Lanka Women: 3-match T20i and 3-match ODI series
Sunday, August 11 — Tuesday, August 20

Pakistan vs Bangladesh: 2-match Test series
Wednesday, August 21 — Tuesday, September 3

England vs Sri Lanka: 3-match Test series
Wednesday, August 21 — Tuesday, September 10
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

The Hundred
Tuesday, July 23 — Sunday, August 18
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

County Championship
Friday, April 5 — Sunday, September 29

Cricket streams in September 2024 and where to watch

England vs Sri Lanka: 3-match Test series
Wednesday, August 21 — Tuesday, September 10
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

Scotland vs Australia: 3-match ODI series
Wednesday, September 4 — Saturday, September 7

Ireland vs England Women: 3-match T20i and 3-match ODI series
Saturday, September 7 — Tuesday, September 17

England vs Australia: 5-match T20i and 5-match ODI series
Wednesday, September 11 — Sunday, September 29
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

T20 Blast: finals day
Saturday, September 14

Australia vs New Zealand Women: 3-match T20i series
Thursday, September 19 — Tuesday, September24

India vs Bangladesh: 2-match Test series
Thursday, September 19 — Tuesday, October 1
Watch on Willow via Sling TV

County Championship
Friday, April 5 — Sunday, September 29

Adam Marshall
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Adam is a freelance writer with a decade of journalism experience. He's written about sports for The Cricketer and Golf Monthly; on TV shows for TechRadar, WhatToWatch and Cinema Blend; on consumer affairs Which?; technology for T3 and Tom's Guide; and on lifestyle for Real Homes and Creative Bloq. He keeps wicket for his local cricket team, is a keen cook, loves to sing and keeps chickens too.