The Ashes free live stream: how to watch the 5th Test of England vs Australia, final day, Stuart Broad

Ben Stokes of England celebrates ahead of taking on Australia in The Ashes 2023
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Watch The Ashes live stream 2023

England lock horns with Australia in the 5th Test of the 2023 Ashes at The Oval for the final time today. Rain put paid to Ben Stokes's hopes of winning the urn itself, but England will be desperate to end the series with a few Stuart Broad wickets. Cricket fans can watch The Ashes live stream free on 9Now in Australia. Travelling outside Australia? Use the No.1 cricket VPN to access the FREE local stream from anywhere. 

Ashes live stream series 2023: preview

Cricket enthusiasts around the globe are eagerly anticipating the fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia, unfolding at The Oval ground (27th–31st July). 

Australia remain 2-1 up and retained the Ashes after the 4th Test was washed away by torrential rain. England have named an unchanged starting line-up for the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval. Pace bowler James Anderson keeps his place despite having taken just four wickets in the series.

The 15-man squad includes bowlers Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad and James Anderson hoping to see off Australia batsem. It's England's own men at the crease who will need to perform if the home team are to pull off an unlikely series victory, though, with the likes of Duckett, Brook, Crawley and Bairstow failing to set the scoreboard alight so far.

Australia, led by Pat Cummins, enter the fourth Ashes Test still high on confidence. They'll be hoping that the likes of Steve Smith and Mitchel Starc can maintain their dominance, and help seal the series. The dreary Manchester weather could well play its part in a draw that would work equally well for the Aussies too.

Don't miss the chance to watch the Ashes unfold live at Old Trafford as the fourth England vs Australia live stream gets underway at 11am each day. With tensions running high, it's going to be controversial stuff.

Read on to find out how you can watch the Ashes live online, and potentially for free from anywhere in the world.

Ashes 2023 free live stream in Australia

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The great news for cricket fans in Australia is that they can they can watch the 5th Test of the 2023 Ashes for FREE on Channel 9.

That also means viewers Down Under can watch all of the action online for free via the 9Now streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices. 

Going to be outside Oz during the 2023 Ashes? Simply use our favourite cricket VPN to access 9Now from overseas, without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a 30-day, risk-free money-back guarantee.

Watch England vs Australia live stream from overseas using a VPN

Most live sports coverage is location-sensitive. So, you won't be able to access your usual service when travelling away from home. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a small but powerful app that lets you select your preferred location and quickly unblock any 2023 Ashes live stream – including those free options.

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How to use a VPN

Using a VPN is incredibly simple:

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For England vs Australia, you may wish to choose 'Australia' for 9Now.

3. Then head over to 9Now on your browser or device and enjoy the free England vs Australia live stream.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.

England vs Australia live stream in the UK

Sky Sports has the rights to broadcast every ball live of The Ashes 2023.

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Watch the 2023 Ashes live on Sky Sports

Watch the 2023 Ashes live on Sky Sports
Don't want to commit to a Sky subscription? No problem. Cordcutters can enjoy a live stream of the Ashes with a Now Sports streaming pass (from £11.99 a day). Also consider: Sky Stream, which we rated five stars in our recent review. Play begins each day of the Ashes 2023 series at 11am BST.

England vs Australia live stream in USA and Canada

Willow TV

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Willow TV has the rights to air The Ashes 2023 in the States, but there's plenty of options for those who want to see England vs Australia without cable.

Each game of the Summer series is set to start at 6am ET / 3am PT.

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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Watch The Ashes 2023 with Sling TV

Watch The Ashes 2023 with Sling TV
Cricket streaming service Willow TV is showing the 2023 Ashes series in full in the US and Canada. Don't have cable? No worries - Willow TV is also accessible via Sling TV. There are options to pay just for Willow (from $5 a month), or add it to your existing Sling plan. You can check out your options and sign up on its website.

England vs Australia live stream in India

Sony Sports Network has the rights to broadcast the 2023 Ashes series in its entirety.

That also means streaming service Sony Liv will be showing the action. 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. There's also a mobile-only plan that costs Rs 599 per year.

Play is set to begin at 3.30pm IST for all five Tests.

Sony Six LIV only available within India but you can access your account from anywhere using a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

The Ashes 2023: Full schedule

First Test (Edgbaston)
Friday June 16 - Tuesday June 20 (11am BST start)

Second Test (Lord's)
Wednesday June 28 - Sunday July 2 (11am BST start)

Third Test (Clean Slate Headingley)
Thursday July 6 - Monday July 10 (11am BST start)

Fourth Test (Emirates Old Trafford)
Wednesday July 19 - Sunday July 23 (11am BST start)

Fifth Test (The Kia Oval)
Thursday July 27 - Monday July 31 (11am BST start)

England 2023 Ashes squad

  • Ben Stokes
  • Ollie Pope
  • James Anderson
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Stuart Broad
  • Harry Brook
  • Zak Crawley
  • Ben Duckett
  • Dan Lawrence
  • Jack Leach
  • Matthew Potts
  • Ollie Robinson
  • Joe Root
  • Josh Tongue
  • Chris Woakes
  • Mark Wood

Australia 2023 Ashes squad

  • Pat Cummins (C)
  • Steve Smith
  • Scott Boland
  • Alex Carey
  • Cameron Green
  • Marcus Harris
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Travis Head
  • Josh Inglis
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Todd Murphy
  • Matt Renshaw
  • Mitchell Starc
  • David Warner

What time does The Ashes start?

All five Tests are due to start at 11am BST and finish at around 6pm BST. However, some matches could run over depending on the pace of play.

Where can I listen to The Ashes commentary?

BBC 5 Live will broadcast live ball-by-ball commentary of The Ashes series between England and Australia.

Why is The Ashes taking place earlier than last time?

The Ashes 2023 gets underway in June, rather than August, in order to accommodate The Hundred, which requires some of the same UK cricket grounds.

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