Only a tiny percentage of the way into the 2019 Ashes cricket series and things are already extremely tense. Steve Smith saved his Australian teammates on day 1 of the 1st Test, then Rory Burns stood up to be counted for the hosts. And for our part, we've put together this guide to watching an England vs Australia 1st Test live stream from wherever you happen to be in the world.
Having been thrashed 4-0 in the last Ashes series, today marks the start of England's bid to win back the legendary urn. England go into the opening Test today off the back of their World Cup triumph, but slightly blunted by a shaky showing in their one-off warm up Test against Ireland. Australia will be out to rectify a recent bad run of results on their oldest rival's turf, having not won an Ashes series on English soil in almost 15 years.
Despite his World Cup heroics, Jofra Archer has been left out of the England squad for the first Test, with Chris Woakes preferred on his home ground having impressed against Ireland last week.
Rory Burns and Jason Roy are opening the batting with Joe Root slotting in at three in the order. With Jimmy Andersin picking up a calf injury, a lot rests on the shoulders of Ben Stokes both with ball and bat.
Aussie skipper Tim Paine kept his cards close to his chest regarding his line up, but Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are all making their first Test appearances since the South Africa ball tampering scandal. They've chosen fast bowler Peter Siddle over Mitchell Starc, in the biggest surprise in the XI.
England lead the betting with Betfair, but with rain expected in Birmingham throughout the duration of the first Test, a draw could well be on the cards here.
Follow the instructions below to watch all of the coverage of the Ashes from Edgbaston. We'll tell you how to grab an England vs Australia 1st Test live stream from pretty much anywhere on Earth.
Watch the 1st England vs Australia Test away from your country
In the UK, Australia, India or the US and looking to find out how to watch the first Ashes Test? We've got all the details about the broadcaster with the rights to show the series in your region below.
But if you're away from home country – maybe abroad on business or on holiday – but still want to tune in to your domestic Ashes coverage then you'll run in to issues. Because of broadcaster geo-blocking, you won't be able to watch online from overaseas. By using a VPN however, you'll be able to watch the game without having to resort to watching a potentially illegal feed from a dubious website.
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