The Ashes 2021/22: How to watch England in Australia on BT Sport

Every ball from England’s 2021/22 tour of Australia will be shown live on BT Sport.

Published: 1 December 2021 - 8.56am

The Ashes are well underway as England face off against Australia, with the oldest and fiercest rivalry in Test cricket taking centre stage.

Australia made a strong start at the Gabba as the tourists fell to a nine-wicket defeat in the first Test, with the hosts taking a 1-0 series lead, and followed it up with another Test win in Adelaide leaving England with it all to do.

The hosts retained the urn in Melbourne in the third Test with a resounding innings victory to take an unassailable 3-0 lead, before England earned a creditable draw in Sydney as a final-wicket partnership of James Anderson and Stuart Broad got the job done in the final two overs on a gripping fifth day. 

Every ball from the rest of the series will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport as England look to salvage some pride.

When is the Ashes?

The Ashes began in Brisbane on Wednesday 8 December, where England fell to a nine-wicket defeat.

Hopes were high that England could bounce back in the second Test, a day-nighter in Adelaide, but the tourists were no match for Australia, slumping to a 275-run loss on day five.

Australia thrashed England to retain the Ashes in the third Test in Melbourne by an innings and 14 runs, before the tourists ensured that the hosts couldn't secure a series whitewash thanks to a stubborn final-day batting display in Sydney.

The final Test was scheduled to take place in Perth for the first time since 1994/95, but has since been moved to Hobart for a second day-nighter. 

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Full schedule:

First Test: December 8-12, The Gabba - Australia won by nine wickets

Second Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval - Australia won by 275 runs

Third Test: December 26-30, MCG - Australia won by an innings and 14 runs

Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG - Match drawn

Fifth Test: January 14-18, Hobart

Who won the Ashes in 2019?

The last Ashes series ended in a 2-2 draw in England in 2019.

The captivating series is remembered for Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley in the third Test when he guided England to an extraordinary victory.

Jofra Archer also emerged as one of England’s frontline bowlers and Steve Smith cemented his status as one of the world’s best batsmen with 774 runs.

Who currently holds the Ashes?

Australia retained the urn after the thrilling 2019 series because of their 4-0 win two years before in Australia.

They held the Ashes ahead of the 2021/22 series and haven’t lost a Test series against England since 2015.

Where to watch the Ashes

BT Sport will show every ball from the Ashes after renewing its deal with Cricket Australia.

Subscribers will be able to follow all the action on TV, the BT Sport app and online.

Presenter Matt Smith will head up proceedings live from the BT Sport Studio in London, alongside former England internationals across the series including Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, Steve Harmison, Matt Prior and Mark Butcher, as well as England women’s captain Heather Knight.

BT Sport customers will be able to watch every ball live on the BT Sport app with our Timeline functionality

The team will be joined from Australia by special guest Glenn McGrath, with Alison Mitchell and Mel Farrell also reporting live from Down Under.

In addition to being able to watch all the action online and on TV, BT Sport customers will be able to watch every ball live on the BT Sport app with our popular Timeline functionality.

Previously only on your mobile and tablet, it is now available on large screen devices for the very first time. Part of the Matchday Experience, the Timeline allows fans to re-watch highlights such as boundaries, wickets, dropped catches and more, and move seamlessly back to the live action.

Where can I watch Ashes highlights?

Following the close of each day’s play, Ashes Daily, a new daily live breakfast show, will provide fans with all the latest news, highlights and talking points from the action overnight.

Presented by Rob Armstrong, and featuring the likes of Steen Raskopoulos, Jason Roy, Kate Cross, Vithushan Ehantharajah and Lydia Greenway, alongside journalists and cricket-mad celebs, Ashes Daily will bring viewers right up to date with the latest from Australia and is available to BT Sport customers on TV, online, and via the BT Sport app with the best bits then available to everyone via YouTube (from 2pm).

It will also be made available as a podcast, available to download from all major providers.

A full 90 minutes of highlights will be made available every morning for BT Sport customers following the conclusion of Ashes Daily and repeated later in the day.

A shorter highlights package will also be available on the app and soon after the day’s play finishes.

What other Ashes programming is on BT Sport?

On the last day of each Test, viewers will also be able to tune into The Cricket’s On.

The show is hosted by Miles Jupp with a group of cricket-loving comedians giving their take on all five Test matches.

It’s all about being a devoted Ashes fan and finding the humour in what’s going to be an epic series.

Miles is joined by Geoff Norcott, Noreen Khan, Ivo Graham and Mark Steel watching at home and sitting up all night as they follow every ball on the BT Sport coverage.

Stats guru Andy Zaltzman will be providing a unique insider’s view from Australia.

Will the Barmy Army be in Australia?

Coronavirus travel restrictions mean the noisier elements of the Barmy Army will be tuning in from home rather than making themselves heard from the stands.

And while that means the atmosphere will be highly partisan, Root sees a chance to build a siege mentality with his team-mates.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get really tight and stand up to that. It’s going to have to be,” he said.

“More than anything we just need to make sure it doesn’t affect the way we go about things on the field. We’ll just embrace it, enjoy the atmosphere and try to thrive off that sort of arena as much as we can.

“It is hard to know because the guys who’ve been here before will have never experienced the fans not being there. We always appreciate the support we get away from home, it’s phenomenal.”

Who is in England’s Ashes squad?

England squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Sam Billings, 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.

Who is in Australia’s Ashes squad?

Australia squad: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh.