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How to watch the Ashes: Live stream Australia vs England 4th Test anywhere online

Pete Clark
29 Dec 2021
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The fourth Ashes Test gets underway on 4 January: here’s how to watch every ball live in the UK

Though England find themselves 3-0 down and having surrendered the Ashes to the old enemy Australia, Joe Root's men still have plenty of pride to play for during the last two Test Matches of the 2021/22 series.

Following heavy defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, play gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) at 11.30pm on Tuesday 4 January, and is scheduled to continue until the early hours of Sunday. Following the fourth Test in Sydney, the fifth Test will be the very first to be staged at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania.

The best way to watch every ball of the Ashes live this winter is to buy a BT Sport Monthly Pass, which costs £25 per month. This pass won’t tie you into any long-term contracts, and you’ll be able to watch every minute of the remainder of this winter’s Ashes series if you invest in one. Tuning in from overseas? Then you can access the same service by using one of the best VPNs that money can buy.

It could be a wise investment as England look to fight back following a somewhat humiliating start to this winter's Ashes series. There have been glimmers of hope throughout the first three Tests which England will look to build on, and they will be in need of some big performances from star players including Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Australia, meanwhile, are in cruise control after their series threatened to be derailed by the shock resignation of captain Tim Paine just before the beginning of the first Test. Their bowling line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and new captain Pat Cummins oozes class and it could be a battle of epic proportions if any of the remaining Tests go down to the wire.

With two of Test cricket’s most successful sides set to face off once more in Sydney on 4 January, here’s how to watch the remainder of this Ashes series in the UK this winter:

Ashes 2021-22 fixture list

1st Test, Australia vs England, Gabba (Brisbane): Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 December 2021 - Australia won by 9 wickets

2nd Test, Australia vs England, Adelaide Oval (Adelaide): Thursday 16 - Monday 20 December 2021 - Australia won by 275 runs

3rd Test, Australia vs England, Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne): Sunday 26 - Thursday 30 December 2021 - Australia won by an innings and 14 runs

4th Test, Australia vs England, Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney): Wednesday 5 - Sunday 9 January 2022

5th Test, Australia vs England, Bellerive Oval (Hobart): Friday 14 - Tuesday 18 January 2022

England’s 2021-22 Ashes squad

  • Joe Root (captain)
  • James Anderson
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Dom Bess
  • Stuart Broad
  • Jos Buttler (vice-captain, wicketkeeper)
  • Rory Burns
  • Zak Crawley
  • Haseeb Hameed
  • Dan Lawrence
  • Jack Leach
  • Dawid Malan
  • Craig Overton
  • Ollie Pope
  • Ollie Robinson
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Woakes
  • Mark Wood

How to watch the Ashes in the UK: BT Sport Monthly Pass

If you don’t want to tie yourself down to a long-term contract, then the best way to watch the Ashes on BT Sport this winter is to invest in a BT Sport Monthly pass.

These passes cost £25 each and will give you access to nine BT Sport channels, including four in HD. There’s no need for BT Broadband, either – simply purchase your pass to watch through BT Sport’s app or web player with a minimum of fuss. In addition to the Ashes, you’ll be able to view Premier League football, Premiership rugby and more this holiday season at no extra cost.

Buy BT Sport Monthly Pass


How to watch the Ashes in the UK: BT Sport

The only place to watch the 2021/22 Ashes on TV is through BT Sport, as the provider has secured exclusive rights to show every ball this winter. If you’re already a BT Broadband user, you can add BT Sport to your package for just £15 per month on a 24-month contract. Simply download the app onto your TV or console and you can begin watching.

Hungry for more? Then you can add BT’s Big Sport package for £40 per month over 24 months. This gives you access to BT Sport as well as Eurosport and a Now Sports Membership meaning you’ll also be able to watch everything that Sky Sports has to offer.

Sign up to BT Sport


How to watch the Ashes in the UK: BT TV

As previously mentioned, the only place to watch the 2021/22 Ashes on TV in the UK is with BT Sport. If you sign up for a BT broadband and TV package, then all BT Sport channels will be included as standard. If you use BT broadband, you can add BT TV and again, BT Sport will be included in the price. If you were already a BT broadband user before BT Sport was added as standard, you can sign up for £15 per month as outlined above.

Sign up to BT TV


How to watch the Ashes in the UK: BT Sport on Sky

If you’re an existing Sky customer and you want to add BT Sport to your Sky subscription, doing so is a straightforward process. Head on over to the BT website and you can add BT Sport to your Sky TV for £20 per month over 24 months. This option also gives you access to all BT Sport channels via the BT Sport app.

Add BT Sport to your Sky package


How to watch the Ashes in the UK: BT Sport on TalkTalk TV

You can add BT Sport to your TalkTalk TV subscription for £30 per month on a rolling one-month contract. This gives you access to all four BT Sport channels, albeit in standard definition rather than HD, shortly after you have paid a £35 activation fee.

Add BT Sport to your TalkTalk package


How to watch the Ashes in the UK: SIM-only deals

Many of BT Mobile’s SIM contracts give you access to the BT Sport app (worth £10 per month) included in the price. For example, if you sign up for a 24-month SIM contract with 60GB data and unlimited minutes and texts, you’ll also be able to watch the Ashes this winter at no extra cost. If you’re looking for a new mobile contract with the bonus of BT Sport app access then these deals could be perfect for you.

Get a BT Mobile SIM with the BT Sport app


How to watch the Ashes abroad: Use a VPN

If you’re abroad and worried you won’t be able to use the BT Sport app due to the company’s geo-block restrictions, don’t fear; signing up to a good VPN service to circumvent this is easy. We’ve compiled a list of the best VPNs that money can buy which will allow you to use the BT Sport app anywhere in the world by setting up a virtual private network. You can also find a quick summary of the very best of the best below.

READ NEXT: Our pick of the best VPNs

ExpressVPN: ExpressVPN is the very best VPN on the market for streaming. With more than 3,000 servers in 90 countries, it works with every major streaming service and offers lightning-fast speeds. At £10 per month on a rolling one-month contract basis, it might not be quite as cheap as NordVPN, but it does come with 24/7 customer support as well as a 30-day moneyback guarantee.

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NordVPN: Of all the VPN services we have reviewed, NordVPN stood out to us as the best all-rounder, so much so that we awarded it a coveted Expert Reviews Best Buy award in our comprehensive five-star review. Although not the cheapest VPN out there, NordVPN is reasonably priced at just £2.44 per month over 24 months or £8.84 per month if you just want to use it for the Ashes. Based in Panama with an independently audited privacy policy, it’s also as secure as they come.

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