Virat Kohli’s Indian team are in England for three T20s, three ODIs and five Test matches. Here’s how to watch England vs India cricket live on TV or online, and how to watch free highlights and listen on the radio
The second of summer 2018’s great cricket clashes is almost upon us. England lost to Scotland in June but now, after a few confidence-boosting wins against a minor side called Australia, they have the chance to redeem themselves against the mighty India, and this marathon series has all the hallmarks of a classic.
England and India have played three T20s; now they move on to three ODIs before a full five-Test series: that’s up to 31 days of cricket. And you can watch all of it by following the instructions in this article. The next match is:
Cricket fans may also like to know how to watch the IPL, although that won’t come back until spring 2018, and how to watch Vitality Blast T20 cricket.
All times are current UK time, ie BST.
For live coverage of the England vs India cricket matches you need to be watching Sky Sports. The Sky Sports Cricket channel will show every ball, then repeat many of them later in highlights and analysis.
Sky newcomers can get a basic package from £20 per month, and Sky Sports costs an extra £18 on top.
Similarly, existing Sky customers can add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month .
Click here to peruse Sky’s sport packages.
The basic Sky Sports packages above will be more than enough for most cricket fans, but the company offers more expensive upgraded packages with additional features.
The Sky Q premium service will show the matches in Ultra HD, and gives subscribers access to multi-camera coverage, 1080 50p Hawk-Eye and extra stats from CricViz .
Sky Q starts at £22 per month. If you’re interested, take a look at our guide to Sky Q pricing, bundles and features, or visit the Sky Q website.
If you’re only interested in this series – or would even be happy to watch just one game – then Now TV may be a better option than signing up for a Sky contract. Now TV lets you pay for Sky Sports on a one-off or pay-as-you-go basis.
There are Sky Sports Passes that last for a day, a week or a month. You can then watch via your browser, on the TV app or on the mobile app.
A day pass costs £7.99. A week pass costs £12.99, while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and (be warned!) rolls on to the next month if you don’t cancel it. You could watch the whole T20 series with a week pass, and the ODIs too with another, but the Test series is going to require more investment.
Click here to view Now TV’s Sky Sports Pass packages.
A VPN is a useful tool for those who subscribe to a cricket broadcast service and wish to access it while on holiday abroad. A VPN lets you ‘browse from the UK’ and access Sky Sports and Now TV as usual.
We tend to recommend the excellent NordVPN, but our best VPN chart rounds up all the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.
If you don’t want to pay for a Sky, Now TV or VPN subscription (one of which is necessary to legally watch the matches live – we don’t condone the use of illegal streams), you can watch highlights of the action for free shortly afterwards.
Channel 5 will show around an hour of highlights on the evening of each match. The highlights of Thursday’s first ODI will be shown at 12.05am in the very early hours of Friday morning.
If you missed the highlights when broadcast you can catch up on Channel 5’s cricket microsite for a limited period. That site currently has highlights of the second and third T20s, as well as the two most recent women’s ODIs.
There are also ways to see shorter, individual clips (of a wicket, boundary or other interesting delivery) before Channel 5’s broadcast. If you follow the game on the BBC Sport website, for example, you’ll see occasional video highlights alongside the regular text updates. You can see further short-delay clips on Twitter by following England Cricket. And the ECB posts a short highlights package after the match on its website.
The cricket will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and Five Live Sports Extra. You can listen through a digital TV set; on a Sky setup, try channels 0144 and 0145. Or listen online at the BBC Sport website.
It’s easy to get live scores and text updates online for free, but where is the best option? For all-round coverage the BBC Sport website is a good choice, because as mentioned above it lets you listen to live audio at the same time as getting scores and text commentary.
The best text commentary for our money, however, comes from Cricinfo, which has extremely detailed statistics and description of every ball. We like to have the BBC open in one tab for the audio and Cricinfo in another for the scores.
Last of all we’ll share a tip we use to avoid appearing antisocial at summer barbecues and whatnot. It means you just get a discreet tap on the wrist when a wicket falls, rather than having to continuously check your phone.
The best Apple Watch app for this (in our experience) is the official ECB one. Once the match is underway – or indeed slightly before – you can set up notifications.
Open the app on your phone and tap on the relevant fixture in the Matches tab. Tap the sharing icon at the top right, then Turn On Push Notifications.