India vs England live stream — how to watch 1st Test match online 2024

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Looking for the 2nd Test? That's here. The first Test was decided by a victory to England. On with the next match.

England have given themselves an outside chance of victory in the First Test at Hyderabad and go onto the fourth day runs 126 runs ahead with four wickets left. After being outplayed on the second day, England fought back superbly on the third day. India remain favourites, but Ollie Pope is 148 not out, and if he can continue his superb innings well into morning session, with support from the tail, India could end up being set a far-from-straightforward target on a pitch offering turn and where the occasional ball is keeping low.

In the morning session, India had lost their last three wickets with the score on 436, Ravi Jadeja 87 falling for 87, the third Indian batsmen to be dismissed in the 80s. Joe Root finished with 4-79. You can watch India v England live streams from anywhere with a VPN.

India vs England, 1st Test live stream: TV schedule, dates

Dates: Jan. 25 – 29, 2024
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Time: 4 a.m. GMT / 11 p.m.  EDT / 8.05 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. AEDT / 9a.m. IST
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• U.K. — TNT Sports
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With Ben Stokes unable to bowl, England have picked only one seam bowler, Mark Wood. Left arm spinner Jack Leach, who returns to the side after missing the Ashes, is joined by 19-year-old leg spinner Rehan Ahmed and 24-year-old debutant slow left-armer Tom Hartley. Spinner Shoaib Bashir, who was only granted a visa on the eve of the first Test, will join England later this week.  

India, meanwhile, are without Virat Kohli for the first two Tests due to personal reasons. Skipper Rohit Sharma has opted to replace the talismanic batter with 30-year-old Rajat Patidar, who is in a rich vein of form having scored 151 against England Lions in Ahmedabad last week.

Either way, one side’s proud recent record is going to be dented over this five-match Test series. Since losing to Alastair Cook’s England in 2012, India have won every home series – 16 in all. Then again, England have not lost any of their six test series since coach Brendon McCullum and captain Stokes have taken the helm.

Here's how to watch every ball of the India vs England 1st Test match online, plus how to watch cricket live streams, from anywhere and potentially for free.

Where to watch India vs England for free

FREE India vs England live stream

Cricket fans in India can watch all the action for FREE on JioCinema

But what if you're based in India but aren't at home to catch the India vs England live stream – and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country when you'd usually be able to watch the Test for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.

India vs England First Test live streams around the world

It's only natural that you might want to watch a free India vs England 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.


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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.

How to watch India vs England around the world

How to watch India vs England live streams in Australia

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Fox Sports has live and exclusive coverage of the India vs England Test in Australia, with a live stream available via Kayo Sports. New customers get a FREE 7-day trial.

Kayo 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.

Again, you'll need to use a safe, reliable VPN to access Kayo Sports when traveling abroad.

How to watch India vs England 1st Test in the U.S.

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Dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV is showing the India vs England test 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 streams. 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.

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Maybe the best deal on Sling TV is for cricket fans. Pick up a $10 per month subscription to Willow TV through Sling as part of the Desi TV deal. No need to sign up to the Blue or Orange bundles. No long contracts either.

How to watch India vs England live streams in the U.K.

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TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) is showing the all five India vs England Tests.

You can get TNT by subscribing to the Discovery Plus Premium plan for £29.99 per month, or you can add TNT Sports through Sky, BT, EE or Virgin Media to watch via your television provider. 

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

Watch India vs England First Test live streams in New Zealand

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Kiwis can access the India vs England 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 India vs England live streams in India

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The India vs England test series is being shown on Sports18, the premium sports network from Viacom18 which has the rights to all India's home matches until 2028.

You can catch all the action for FREE via the JioCinema app.

If you are traveling outside of India right now, you can simply pick up a good VPN and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action from anywhere. 

India vs England First Test teams

India vs England 1st Test teams (2024)

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

England : Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes (capt), Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Jack Leach

India vs England test series schedule

  • Jan. 25-29: 1st Test (Hyderabad)
  • Feb. 2-6: 2nd Test (Vizag)
  • Feb. 15-19: 3rd Test (Rajkot)
  • Feb. 23-27: 4th Test (Ranchi)
  • Mar. 7-11: 5th Test (Dharamsala)

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Roderick Easdale

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 WodehouseThe Don: Beyond BoundariesWally 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.