How to keep up with the Ashes on digital radio


Cricket’s biggest rivalry will be reignited this winter when current holders England head out to Australia to defend their Ashes title.

With the famous urn and a whole lot of bragging rights on the line, the five-Test series gets underway in Brisbane at 00:00 GMT on Thursday 23 November.

Despite the time difference, digital radio is the perfect platform to keep up with all the action from down under. As it stands, both teams have won 32 series each – making this Ashes one not to be missed. Here’s how you can follow England’s tour of Australia.

BBC Radio

For all night owls looking to follow the competition as it happens, Test Match Special will provide ball-by-ball commentary of all Tests on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

TMS host Jonathan Agnew will be joined by a host of former Ashes heroes, including legendary England captain, Michael Vaughan (below), batsman Geoffrey Boycott and spin-bowler, Graeme Swann. Iconic Australian player, Glenn McGrath, also joins the mix to provide some much-needed balance to the punditry.

For those missing out on the live coverage, there will also be a daily highlights programme during the Tests – bringing the best moments from both the field and the commentary box. Listeners can also tune in to Radio 5 Live's Ashes breakfast show for all the latest reaction.

For the full schedule across the BBC Radio 5 live stations, click here.  


The guys at Talksport will also be on hand to provide the latest news and discussion from the competition throughout the day and night. For an in-depth analysis of the action, Harmy’s Ashes Inquest will see ex-England bowler Steve Harmison and radio host Jon Norman review the previous day’s play.