Nathan Lyon is poised on the verge of taking of 500 test wickets when Australia bowl again. Having taken three scalps in Pakistan’s first innings, he now has 499 wickets. He would be the third Australian to take 500 wickets and the eighth player in all. Pakistan were bowled out on day three for 278, and Australia opted not to enforce the follow on and closed the day on 84-2, a lead of 300. Follow our guide below for where to watch Australia v Pakistan First Test live streams from anywhere — and potentially for FREE.
Australia start the series as the overwhelming favorites. Pakistan have never won a test series in Australia in 13 attempts, and have only won four test matches out of 37 on Aussie soil, with the hosts triumphing 26 times. Pakistan’s last test victory Down Under was 28 years ago, in Sydney.
Most unusually for a modern cricket tour, the touring team played a four-day first-class match as a warm up to acclimatise. Shan Masood excelled with the bat for the tourists, with 201 not out, in the total of 391-9 declared. But the bowlers then struggled to make an impact as the Prime Minister’s XI reached 367-4 before rain washed out the final day.
The teams will contest the Benaud–Qadir Trophy and the series is part of the 2023–2025 ICC World Test Championship. Both sides have played one of their six series in this, and Pakistan currently head the table. Australia are in fifth spot.
The Australia vs Pakistan test series also includes the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, December 26-30 and the New Year's Test, January 3-7, at the SCG. Here's how to watch every ball of the test series online and potentially for FREE. Take at look at our page on how to watch cricket for more general live stream information.
Free Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live stream
Cricket fans in Australia can watch all the action for FREE on Channel 7 and the 7 plus streaming service.
But what if you're based in Australia but aren't at home to catch the Australia vs Pakistan First Test live stream – and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?
Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.
Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams around the world
It's only natural that you might want to watch a free Australia vs Pakistan First Test live stream from your home country, but what if you're traveling overseas when the cricket is on?
Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN.
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location.
3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - 7 plus for Aussies abroad.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test around the world
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams in the UK
TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) is showing the Australia vs Pakistan test series.
To stream TNT Sports, you'll need Discovery Plus - a combo subscription that allows fans to access TNT Sports, Eurosport and entertainment all in one place.
If you're not in the U.K. right now, you can still follow all the test action by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams in Australia
The great news for cricket fans in Australia is that they can they can watch the Australia vs Pakistan First Test for FREE on Channel 7.
That also means viewers Down Under can watch all of the action online for free via the 7+ streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices.
Kayo Sports is also where you can watch Fox Sports and the test match. It offers access to over 50 sports live and on-demand, with some its big name channels including Fox Sports, ESPN, and beIN Sports.
It costs $25 for Kayo One, $30 for Kayo Basic or $35 for Kayo Premium. Basic lets you stream sport on two devices at once, while Premium allows you to watch on up to three screens simultaneously, so it represents great value if your household has different sporting tastes or you're splitting the cost of the subscription. There's even a free 7-day trial
Going to be outside Oz during the test match? Simply use a VPN to access Channel 7 from overseas, without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a 30-day, risk-free money-back guarantee.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams in the U.S.
Dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV is showing the Australia vs Pakistan series. Willow TV is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more.
Not got cable? No worries, as Willow TV is also accessible via OTT provider Sling TV, which is a great place to watch cricket. There are options to pay just for Willow (starting at $5 a month), or add it to your existing Sling plan. You can check out your options and sign up on its website.
Watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams in New Zealand
Kiwis can access the Australia vs Pakistan test match at Perth live stream via Sky Sport. This costs $63.98 NZD per month, or you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $24.99/week, $44.99/month or $449.99/year.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still watch the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch Australia vs Pakistan, First Test live streams in India
However, if you want to tune in on a larger screen, you'll need to pay for a Disney Star subscription. Matches will be shown live on Star Sports channels.
Ready to cut the cord? Expect to pay around Rs 1,499 per month for Disney Star's all-access content plan.
If you already subscribe to one of those services but are outside of India right now, you can simply choose one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN to follow India's tour of South Africa wherever you are are. Anyone outside of India who wants to watch their home cricket coverage can just pick up a good VPN and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action.
Australia vs Pakistan, First Test teams
Australia vs Pakistan, First Test teams
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Pakistan: Imam-l-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood (c), Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aamer Jamal, Khurram Shahzad.
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Roderick is a freelance sports journalist and a crossword complier. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder. An erratic fast bowler in his youth, as he aged he became an erratic medium pacer. His last wicket was a stumping, which made him decide it was time to retire. He now occasionally plays for the MCC – but for their golf team. He is a member of Trevose and has played golf in around two dozen countries.