This is the kind of match that World Cups were made for, whether football, rugby or cricket. When one of the sports’ powerhouses comes up against an emerging nation. This is the first of the Cricket World Cup 2019 and it features champions Australia against Afghanistan. It’s a day-night game, with the floodlights potentially playing the part of leveller. We’d advise making plans to watch this one – that’s why we’ve created this guide for getting an Australia vs Afghanistan live stream, regardless of where you are in the world.
Live stream Australia vs Afghanistan – where and when
The 2019 Cricket World Cup heads to the South West of the UK today, with the teams playing their match at the County Ground in Bristol – home of Gloucestershire CCC.
This one’s the first day-nighter of this year’s tournament, so is set to start at 1.30pm BST today. So that’s 10.30pm AEST and 5pm Afghanistan time.
To nobody’s surprise at all, Betfair has Australia as huge favourites for this one. Current champions, the most all-time Cricket World Cup wins, four titles in the last five editions, and now welcoming back two of their most destructive players. The suspension from the sport of Steve Smith and David Warner was well documented, but they’ve slotted straight back in to the Aussie set up like they’ve never been away. Whatever, you think of them, they’ll be a huge factor in Australia’s success in the World Cup and Ashes in 2019.
Afghanistan’s preparations for the Cricket World Cup have been somewhat mixed. They lost heavily to an impressive England team, but took a famous victory against Pakistan. And the spoils were shared against Ireland, who haven’t even made it to the tournament. Their star man is undoubtedly Rashid Khan. The 20-year-old all-rounder already has 59 ODI caps and combines devastating leg breaks with big striking down the order. This is his chance to make a real name for himself.
Both teams will be desperate to make an early mark on the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Bristol. Getting an Australia vs Afghanistan live stream is the easy bit and you can continue reading to see how to watch from just about anywhere on Earth.
Watch a Cricket World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country
Watching in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US or India? We’ve got all the details you need about the broadcaster in your country further down this page.
But if you’re away from your home country today, the minute you try to watch your domestic broadcast you’ll discover that you can’t because of geo-blocking. That’s annoying, but by using a VPN you can watch it anyway without reverting to some dodgy, illegal feed you’ve dug out online.
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Once you’ve selected, downloaded and installed your chosen VPN, all you need to do is go to ‘choose location’ and select a server back in your homeland. It’s surprisingly easy to do and, from there, you can watch the online broadcast as if you back at home.
How to watch the game in Australia
Well this is, as they say, a right touch. All of Australia’s 2019 World Cup games are going to be showing via Channel 9 and the 9 Now app. That means it’s completely free. So the only thing you need worry about now is staying awake for the whole thing, as it’s due to start at 10.30pm AEST.
For all other matches, you’ll need to rely on Fox Sports or a Kayo Sports Package.
You’ll need a VPN if you’re intending to watch the Australian coverage from overseas.
How to watch Australia vs Afghanistan: New Zealand live stream
Like in the UK, it’s Sky Sports for cricket fans in New Zealand. It’s a late start though, with the first ball due to be bowled at 12.30am.
If you’re away from your TV, then you can download and watch on the Sky Go app. And if you’re even further away – as in overseas then the VPN method as mentioned above is your way to go.
How to stream Australia vs Afghanistan live in the UK
If you were hoping that an event as prestigious as a World Cup would be shown on free-to-air television, then we have some bad news. Sky Sports (and Sky Go for mobiles, tablets and laptops) is where all the action is taking place on UK screens.
If you’ve not got Sky and aren’t at all interested in a subscription, then Now TV is the next best thing. Grab a Sports Pass for a day (£8.99), a week (£14.99) or sign up for the entirety of the World Cup and following Ashes by grabbing Now’s special offer giving you all Sky Sports channels for £25 per month for the next four months.
Not in the UK for this game? You can still indulge in Sky or Now’s coverage by grabbing yourself a VPN and streaming as if you were sat back at home.
How to stream 2019 Cricket World Cup online in India
Cricket fanatics in India will probably be ahead of the game here, as the go-to broadcaster Star India (or, more specifically, Star Sports) has every single game of the 2019 Cricket Wold Cup. The action starts at 6pm New Delhi time.
Alternatively, sign up for over-the-top Hotstar streaming service costing either ₹299 (around $3) for a month or ₹999 ($14) for an entire year.
How to watch Australia vs Afghanistan: US live stream
The appropriately named Willow TV is the official US broadcaster for the somewhat niche sport in the US – we’re guessing that it’s mostly expats that will be paying the $9.99 a month and getting up for the 8.30am ET, 5.30am PT starts. Willow is also available on streaming services such as Sling and Fubo.
To watch Willow TV when you’re out of America and geo-blocked, our VPN workaround as described above should do the trick.