The 2022 Ashes has once again proven that Australia vs England is no ordinary game of cricket. England's hopes of regaining the smallest trophy in sport expired last month, but Joe Root's side will want to go out on a high when the 5th Test finale gets underway in Hobart, Tazmania, on Friday. The day-night match starts at 4am GMT.
Aussie viewers can watch The Ashes free on Channel 7 but the online live stream is available on Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) and on Willow in the US. Make sure you know to watch The Ashes live stream for free with a VPN (opens in new tab) wherever you are.
Date: 8th Dec 2021 – 18th Jan 2022
Location: Australia & Tasmania
FREE stream: Kayo Sports 14-day free trial (opens in new tab)
Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)
UK stream: BT Sport (opens in new tab)
India stream: Sony Six (opens in new tab)
The latest team news is in and Joe Root's England are struggling with injuries. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will miss the final Ashes Test in Hobart after fracturing his finger. Sam Billings has been called up in his place. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are in doubt, too.
As for the Aussies, there's talk of bowler Scott Boland, who excelled in the 4th Test, keeping his place for the 5th Test. Batter Usman Khawaja says he expects to be dropped from Pat Cummin's side, despite make two centuries last time out.
England relinquished The Ashes after a string of poor performances left defending holders Australia in the box seat. Root's men slumped to a nine wicket defeat in the 1st Test, lost the 2nd Test by 275 runs and then lost 3rd Test – and The Ashes – by an innings. England fought back in the 4th Test to make it 4-1 in the best of five series.
England skipper Joe Root became the first man to lead England into The Ashes twice since Plum Warner in 1903/04 and 1911/12. Sadly, results have been less-than-historic. Can England end The Ashes 2021/22 on a high note?
Aussie fans can watch The Ashes 2021/22 finale free on Channel 7 or online with Kayo Sports. Read on below to find out how you can watch The Ashes live stream from wherever you are in the world.
The Ashes free live stream
Channel 7 has the rights to air The Ashes 2021/22 on TV in Australia but it will not be available online on 7Plus. Instead Aussie fans can stream every Test live on Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) with a 14-day free trial (opens in new tab).
Going to be outside Oz during Australia vs England? Simply use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access Kayo Sports from overseas, without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) as it comes with a 30-day, risk-free money-back guarantee.
Watch The Ashes live stream from overseas using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Ashes cricket rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
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Using a VPN is incredibly simple:
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For The Ashes, you may wish to choose 'Australia' for Kayo Sports.
3. Then head over to Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy The Ashes free live stream.
Watch The Ashes live stream in USA
Willow TV (opens in new tab) has the rights to air The Ashes 2021/22 in the States, but there's plenty of options for those without cable.
You can stream Willow TV via Sling, the popular cable replacement service. It costs just $5 to add Willow TV to your Sling subscription for the first month ($10 a month after).
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Catch all the action Sling TV and enjoy your first month for only $10 with this initial offer ($35 a month thereafter). Willow TV is an add-on but you can get the first month for only $5 ($10 a month thereafter). Cancel at any time.
The Ashes live stream in the UK
BT Sport has the rights to broadcast The Ashes 2021/22. Not a subscriber? The BT Sport Monthly Pass (opens in new tab) costs just £25 a month and gets you instant streaming access to all of BT's sports channels, so you can watch the cricket, Premier League soccer, UFC, rugby and more. You don't have to be a BT broadband customer either.
BT Sport Monthly Pass Watch The Ashes for only £25 (opens in new tab)
This deal gets you full access to all the BT Sport channels for one month, for one fee. It lets anyone in the UK enjoy The Ashes, plus the English Premier League, Champions League and more through the BT Sport website or mobile app. No contract, no fuss.
The Ashes live stream in India
Sony Six (opens in new tab) is the place to find live coverage of The Ashes 2021/22 in India. You can watch on Sony Six (with English commentary) or catch the action on the Sony Six app/website.
It's cheap as chips, too. Premium subscription costs from Rs999 a year, which is around £10/$14/AU$19. That includes access to the TV channels, the mobile app and the web player.
Sony Six is only available within India but you can access your account from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Ashes 2021/22 schedule
1st Test – 8th - 12th December 2021
The Gabba, Brisbane 一 11am AEDT / 12am GMT
2nd Test: 16th - 20th December 2021
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 一 3pm AEDT / 4am GMT
3rd Test: 26th - 30th December 2021
MCG, Melbourne 一 10.30am AEDT / 11.30pm GMT
4th Test: 5th - 9th January 2022
SCG, Sydney 一 10.30am AEDT / 11.30pm GMT
5th Test: Jan 14th - 18th January 2022
Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania 一 3pm AEDT / 4am GMT
Australia 2021/22 Ashes squad
Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey. Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Steve Smith, David Warner
England 2021/22 Ashes squad
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood