How to watch every major cricket event in Australia
There are many reasons to be dirty at 2020, but one of the bigger ones for sport fans is the T20 World Cup that was slated to take place in Australia was delayed and eventually sent back to a pavilion far, far away. While crowd restrictions may still be rife, the best way to catch every six and every cricket wicket in 2021 is still from the comfort of your couch.
The good news is there’s a range of free-to-air matches to watch on Seven or 7Plus, with the vast majority of the rest split across Foxtel and Kayo like a spaced-out slip cordon. While the Summer of Cricket is over Down Under – with the Sheffield Shield wrapping up at the time of updating this article and the Aussie Women’s team flogging the Kiwis in New Zealand – there’s still plenty of cricket to watch from around the globe. Let’s take a closer look at where to watch the big matches live and cricket on-demand highlights or full matches for the rest of the year.
Popular internet plans for streaming cricket
Whether you’re watching cricket at home on Foxtel Now, Kayo or 7Plus, or streaming on the app versions when you’re out and about, there’s a plan to match the bandwidth and data needs that make for a smooth viewing experience. For starters, 7Plus uses the least data per hour at around 675MB, while Foxtel Now leaps to 3.15GB per hour and Kayo uses 3.25GB per hour per stream. This last point is important because Kayo lets you watch up to four split-view streams on supported devices, which means you may use as much as 13GB per hour and need around 7.5Mbps per stream or screen.
At-home viewing is a lot easier because NBN plans tend to have unlimited data, and an NBN Standard plan has enough bandwidth to easily allow for Kayo four-stream split-view. Below is a daily updating list of the most popular NBN Standard plans with unlimited data.
For those looking to have the data breathing space to watch plenty of sports on the go, we’d recommend sticking with a plan that has at least 100GB of data to use. You can adjust accordingly based on how much sport you stream, or go with Felix Mobile to take advantage of endless data. Below is a daily updating list of the most popular SIM Only mobile phone plans with at least 100GB of data.
ICC World Test Championship
England may have dashed Australia’s hopes of getting into a Lord’s test final against across-the-ditch rivals New Zealand when they lost their away-from-home Test series against India, but you can watch New Zealand battle against India on Foxtel or Kayo. Expect coverage to start around 7.00pm AEST on 18 June and, if both teams put up a finals-worthy fight (fingers crossed), the final day will start at 7.00pm AEST on 22 June. The Kiwis stand a good chance of winning as they’ve got a two-match Test series against England that starts 2 June and wraps up around 14 June 2021, which you should also catch at a similar local starting time on Foxtel or Kayo.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Get ready for some confusion. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was supposed to be held in Australia in 2020 but was, understandably, delayed because of COVID-19. That delay means it’ll take place from October to November 2022 in Australia, but there’s also another ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place in India from 18 October 2021 to 14 November 2021. There’s no official word on where you can watch it yet, but expect Foxtel and Kayo to be the main broadcaster in Australia.
Big Bash League 11: 2021–2022
The official Big Bash League (BBL) 1 schedule has yet to be announced for the 2021–2022 season, but it’s safe bet it’ll kick off in late November or early December 2021, then wrap up at the end of January or beginning of February 2022. It’s also a safe punt that you can expect to find matches on Foxtel or Kayo, with free-to-air viewing on Seven and 7Plus.
ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021
Forget that “2021” part of the name because the next ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup has been rain-delayed into 2022. It’s being held in New Zealand still, and we’re tipping Foxtel and Kayo to show all matches, while Seven and 7Plus will likely show the Australian matches. The first ball will be bowled on 4 March 2022, and the winning team (read: Australia) will raise the trophy on 3 April 2022.
Other cricket tournaments in 2021
There are plenty of other minor tournaments happening around the cricketing world in 2021, across a range of Tests, one-day internationals, as well as T20 internationals and domestic leagues. Look to Foxtel and Kayo to watch those that are available online, but other services like Sports Flick offer occasional cricket matches live or on-demand. If you fancy free T20, the New Zealand Super Smash was live streamed for free on the New Zealand Cricket YouTube channel, so fingers crossed that happens again in December 2021 for the next season.