The Ashes will give England a chance to even the series at 33 wins each with 6 draws. They have their work cut out for them as Australia has back to back victories in the last two cricket series. The 2021 series will be held in Australia so home-field advantage will make it more of a challenge for England to even things up this year. The first matches will take place on December 8-12 with the final matches being held on January 14-18 in Sydney. Watch all the excitement from anywhere in the world with a VPN.
How to Watch The Ashes from Anywhere
- Sign up for ExpressVPN (includes a 30 day risk-free money-back guarantee)
- Download and install the ExpressVPN app on your device
- Connect to a VPN server in Australia for 9Now coverage.
- Enjoy live streaming access to the race.
The Ashes 2021 Schedule
- Test 1 – The Gabba, Brisbane – December 8 to 12
- Test 2 – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide – December 16 to 20
- Test 3 – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne – December 26 to 30
- Test 4 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney – January 5 to 9
- Test 5 – TBC – January 14 to 18
As you might guess given the popularity of cricket on the world stage, there will be some large broadcasters covering the event. If you are currently outside the viewing area I would suggest using a VPN to sign up for a Sky Sports Pass from NOW TV. They offer daily passes for £6.99 or weekly passes for £10.99. I would recommend getting week passes to watch The Ashes. You will still need to connect to a VPN in the UK to watch Sky Sports coverage of The Ashes. Otherwise you will be geo-blocked.
In addition to watching The Ashes on Sky Sports, you can also listen to coverage on BBC Radio 5 in the UK and ABC Radio in Australia. Channel 5 will provide daily highlights during the event. For those old school Internet users you can also get text coverage from the BBC Sport website and ESPN Cricinfo. Australian viewers can catch all the action on the Nine Network. Aussie fans can also download the Cricket Australia Live mobile app for iOS or Android. You can get coverage through the app for $4.99 a day or $29.99 a year. In this case, you would need an annual subscription to enjoy The Ashes series.
How to Use a VPN to Watch The Ashes
I’ll use ExpressVPN for the example of how to use a VPN service to stream The Ashes. First, you’ll want to download the VPN client. ExpressVPN offers free client software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android.
Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software it’s time to connect. Launch the ExpressVPN client and select a server location. We’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client.
- Since a lot of gamers like to connect to servers in the US, we used that country for our guide. ExpressVPN has a large network of servers located all over the world.
- We recommend you select Lightway UDP for the best experience. For online gaming, we use either Lightway (PC) or OpenVPN UDP (mobile) because its faster than TCP. They also support IKEv2 and L2TP. We still recommend Lightway UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- Click the big round connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the area around the button turn green. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is ON”
- You now have an IP address in the USA, as far as anyone can tell online. As such, you can reach any site as if you were sitting there. The same would be true if you connected to a server in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
That’s all there is to it. Now that you have an IP address from the ExpressVPN server in the United Kingdom, you can browse the Internet as if you were actually there. The same is true from any country. Connect to a server in the United Kingdom to watch Sky Sports or Australia to watch coverage in that region.
As you can probably tell by now a good VPN opens access to content around the world. If you live outside the United States the service can help you access popular services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. You still need an account for services like Netflix but the VPN will help you watch US television shows and movies on Netflix as if you were sitting in the United States or any other region you would like to access.
Enjoy all the excitement of 2021 The Ashes, and see if England can even up the series. Please share this post with your friends so they can enjoy the cricket series from anywhere in the world with a VPN. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest deals and guides.