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TV channel and UK start time for Ashes 2021/22 in Australia


The wait is almost over as England prepare to take on Australia in this winter’s Ashes series.

Joe Root’s side have made the long, long journey down under as they look to wrestle back the urn from their old rivals.

It’s been a long wait for the visitors, who haven’t won a series against Australia since 2015, and they haven’t enjoyed their most recent trips down under either.

England’s last two Ashes tours have seen them thrashed 5-0 and 4-0, and this year’s team will be eager to put things right and regain the trophy.

There’s just a few hours until the action gets underway – here’s everything you need to know.

When do the Ashes start?

The series gets underway on Wednesday (December 8) as the two sides do battle in the first test at Brisbane.

For UK viewers, the action begins at midnight, so you’ll have to stay up late on Tuesday if you’re hoping to see the first ball go down.

How can I watch the Ashes?

BT Sport will have all the action live for UK viewers this winter.

There will be various ways for you to watch, whether it’s on TV, or streaming online or via the BT Sport app.

Of course, with the series being down under, it will mean having pull all-nighters or getting up in the early hours to see the action, so there will also be highlights available throughout the day if you can’t catch it live.

If you’re not a BT Sport subscriber, click here to check out the latest packages. Alternatively, you can access the game with use of a £25 Monthly Pass.

Full schedule (UK start times)

First Test: December 8-12, The Gabba (12am)

Second Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval (4am)

Third Test: December 26-30, MCG (11.30pm on Christmas Day)

Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG (11.30pm on January 4)

Fifth Test: January 14-18, TBC




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