Cricket World Cup winners England (and doesn't that feel good to say) are about to make history in another way: they are playing their first Test Match against Ireland, at Lord's. Ireland have only played two Tests before now, but they're a tidy team with bags of experience at ODI level; with England missing some of their big names, this could be a close-run thing.

In this article we explain how to watch the match live, and how to watch highlights afterwards.


England vs Ireland is one of these new-fangled four-day Tests. It runs from Wednesday 24 July to Saturday 27 July 2019, starting each day at 11am. Play should finish around 6pm, although this will depend on the scheduled overs having been bowled by that point, and the weather holding out - forecasts suggest, however, that heatstroke is a more likely problem than rain.

How to watch on Sky Sports

Ireland vs England is being shown by Sky Sports in the UK. The match will be live on the Sky Sports Cricket channel (you should find this on channel 404) and on Sky Sports Main Event (channel 402). Coverage starts at 10am on the Wednesday, and 10.30am on the remaining days.

If you're new to Sky a basic package starts at £22 per month, and Sky Sports costs an extra £18 for a selection of sports (or £23 for all of them).

Existing Sky customers can also add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month.

Click here to look into Sky Sports packages.

Sky Q

The starting prices above are for Sky's standard offerings, but the firm's Sky Q premium service, which starts at £22 per month, adds further cricket-related features. If you're interested, have a look at our guide to Sky Q pricing, bundles and features, or jump straight to the Sky Q website.

How to watch England vs Ireland cricket: Now TV

How to watch with Now TV

If you don't fancy committing to a long-term Sky contract for this one-off match, you should consider Now TV. This has a pay-as-you-go Sky Sports Pass option that lets you pay for just one day (or for a single week or month) of Sky Sports. You can then watch the action for as long as you've paid for on your browser, TV app or mobile app.

A day pass costs £7.99; a week pass costs £12.99; while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it. There's also a mobile pass for £5.99 a month.

Click here to view Now TV's Sky Sports Pass packages.

How to use a VPN

VPNs are a great option for accessing UK cricket content from abroad.

If you're British but happen to be overseas while the Test match is on, you can use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access your usual Sky Sports and Now TV subscriptions. NordVPN is our leading recommendation here, but our best VPN chart rounds up the best alternatives.

How to watch highlights

Sky Sports will show highlights and analysis after the game. But there are free alternatives, too.

YouTube is a good bet. Normally we would go straight to the host broadcaster's channel and expect highlights to be posted there: it's worth checking the ECB's channel.

Twitter is also an excellent source of brief highlights in almost real time. We follow four main accounts in hopes that they will post clips of wickets, milestones and particularly good shots - England Cricket, Sky Sports Cricket, Wisden and Cricingif - but bear in mind that the TV rights situation varies by series. For this match it's also worth trying Cricket Ireland.