BT Sport are doing a free daily 10-minute Ashes highlights package

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It’s Ronseally named The Ashes Catch-Up Show and it’s available on their website from 7pm each day.

10 minutes isn’t exactly life-changing but it’s better than the proverbial kick in the teeth and far, far better than a literal kick in the teeth. It’s also a very dense, action-packed ten minutes, so it’s decent value. Pretty much all you get is a barrage of the day’s boundaries, chances and wickets with only a very quick word at the start and end.

A certain strand of fans is annoyed that this year’s Magellan Ashes (movement rate of all ships is increased by two) is on a slightly different subscription TV channel. They will doubtless also be unhappy that this highlights package is relatively brief. However, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that it isn’t the worst thing in the world.

Genocide is definitely worse than a well put-together 10-minute highlights package of a day’s cricket.

You may also be able to subscribe to BT Sport for less than you thought (no promises).


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  1. Err, I’ve looked into getting BT Sports through my Sky box and it seems to be an eye watering 31 quid a month, for 12 months. Added to my Sky subs that’ll be the best part of a 100 quid a month. Fuck that, TMS it is.

  2. I’ll probably find myself up before The Beak for even suggesting this, but you can download an app called ‘Live Player’ to watch cricketing Ashes as they happen. Search for BT Sport therein. Working well for me so far.

    Although it’s currently showing something called ‘Liverpool v Chelsea’, so it must be on the blink. I can exclusively reveal that someone called ‘Daniel Sturridge’ is blessed with genuine pace.

    1. I kinda know there’s ways and means of watching stuff, but these days, at least, I’d like to be legit.

  3. I’m paying $12 a month for Channel 9’s broadcast via Willow TV. I guess that would be region locked in Perfidious Albion, though.

    I’m not sure that England are justifying paying even that much, to be fair.

    1. The UK Subs ain’t what they used to be. I guess that’s a reference that only Ged would get.

    2. daneel, are you in the US? I’m snuggling to find a way of even getting TMS since moving to Trumpland.

      1. Indeedly. In sunny Seattle, so thankfully not Trumpland (which even so, is still better than Brexit Island, maybe).

        TMS sometimes works, I think it depends on who owns the international rights to whichever series is on. I can’t get Radio 5 to work live at all right now, and the “highlights” (for want of a better word) from yesterday appear to be geolocked.

    1. Yes, a certain amount around the crease, I fancy.

      It was all going so well until Moeen crossed the (wonky) line.

  4. I’d say the odds on Stokes getting flown out ( much as he shouldn’t) have shortened a lot today.

    (not that he’d make any difference to the result of this series, anyway)

  5. When you’re in with a shout but can’t get batsmen out… that’s the Gabba.
    When you make a big score but are screwed by Day 4… that’s the Gabba.

  6. Question for anyone who actually watched it …

    Why was Woakes so ineffective? He seemed to have been bowling very well in the warm-up matches, by reports. Obviously that’s a different standard and different pitch but it isn’t as if he left his bowling brain behind on the plane?

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