There are currently two UK broadcasters with rights to live cricket. ITV4 show IPL matches and Sky Sports show everything else. Channel Five broadcast highlights of Test matches during the summer.

If you want to see live coverage of England matches or county cricket, you will need to subscribe to Sky Sports.

Benefits of subscribing to Sky Sports

  • Every England match in its entirety
  • Comprehensive highlights after close of play
  • Live international cricket featuring other Test-playing nations
  • Live county cricket
  • Sky+ allows you to record highlights for later viewing

The cost

If you want to watch live cricket, you will pay £39.75 a month for TV – albeit with plenty of other channels as well as Sky Sports.

You will also get a Sky+ box for free and being a Sky TV customer, you can get your home phone and broadband for just £5, meaning a monthly cost of £44.75 for your line rental, broadband and TV including Sky Sports.

Do you want to watch live cricket?

I am no great fan of live cricket only being available on subscription TV, but the simple fact is that if you want to watch live Test cricket, you have to subscribe to Sky Sports via Sky themselves, Virgin or BT.

I should mention that Sky’s coverage is excellent and their extended highlights are a particularly good way of following Test series.

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