The BBC will bring you exclusive live radio coverage of England’s Ashes series in Australia this winter.
The Test Match Special team, who are celebrating the programme’s 60th birthday this year, will provide live commentary on all five Tests as Joe Root’s England seek to retain the urn.
You can listen to coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, digital radio and, of course, via the live pages on the BBC Sport website and app.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew will lead the ball-by-ball commentary team, with former England players Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott, Graeme Swann and Phil Tufnell providing expert analysis.
They will be joined by Australia legend Glenn McGrath, while Jim Maxwell, Simon Mann, Dan Norcross, Ed Smith and Alison Mitchell complete the line-up.
BBC Radio 5 live will host a daily Ashes breakfast presented in Australia by Eleanor Oldroyd or Jonathan Overend, with contributions from Women’s World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent.
There will be a highlights programme throughout the day on Radio 5 live sports extra, plus a daily podcast, as well as reaction, analysis and build-up from guests throughout the tour.
|How to listen to TMS|
|BBC Radio 5 live sports extra – via digital radio; digital satellite channel 0144; Freeview channel 706; cable TV channel 864 or 908|
|BBC Radio 4 – via analogue radio on 198 LW; digital satellite channel 0143|
|BBC Sport website – via bbc.co.uk/cricket|
|Via the BBC Red Button, via the BBC iPlayer Radio app for iPhone and Android, and via the BBC Sport app which now features live radio streaming which you can hear while reading the live text and reports|
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Online video highlights
In 2016, the BBC signed a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board to show online match clips and highlights.
The deal, for those in the UK only, covers England’s men’s and women’s international matches in this country, as well as selected county games.
You can watch up to five clips of the latest action per hour of play on the BBC Sport website, plus a short highlights package at the close of each day’s play.
The BBC will also be able to broadcast video clips and end-of-day round-ups of major ICC tournaments such as the Champions Trophy and the Women’s World Cup.
Live cricket back on BBC TV from 2020
English international and domestic cricket will be shown live on BBC TV from 2020.
In a five-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the BBC will show live coverage of:
- Two England men’s home T20s
- One England women’s home T20s
- 10 men’s matches from the ECB’s new domestic city-based T20 competition
- Up to eight matches from the women’s domestic T20 tournament, including both finals
The BBC will also show:
- Highlights of England men’s home Tests, ODIs and T20s
- Highlights of England women’s home internationals
Domestic cricket coverage
County cricket fans can keep across all the action with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and local radio, plus extra commentaries from around the regions available only on the BBC Sport website and app.
BBC Local Radio will broadcast live commentary of every single county match, with increased coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra most weeks.
Does cricket leave you Stumped?
BBC World Service’s weekly cricket show Stumped, produced in association with Australia’s ABC and All India Radio, brings you news, views, interviews and features from around the world of cricket. It is presented by the BBC’s Alison Mitchell, ABC’s Jim Maxwell and AIR’s Charu Sharma.
TMS contract until end of 2019
In January 2012, BBC Sport announced a new six-year radio rights deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board, which means TMS will be on air with exclusive radio commentary of all home series up to and including the end of the 2019 season, with more coverage of domestic cricket and women’s internationals.
You can also access the BBC Ashes Archive at bbc.co.uk/ashesarchive for some famous historical moments from the past, as described by TMS.
International cricket broadcast via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app on desktop, mobile and tablet is available to UK users only, but all county cricket coverage is available worldwide. County cricket coverage on 5 live sports extra is available to UK users only.