The Ashes is back! Just four months since England lifted the little urn on home turf the action unfolds all over again Down Under. It’s the first time we’ve seen two Ashes series in the same year, making 2013 a huge year for English cricket (okay, Australian cricket too).
The only problem is keeping up the Ashes is a full time occupation – which is bad news for the day job! Chuck a 12 hour time difference into the equation and the Australian Ashes becomes a tricky prospect for us here in the UK.
Never fear though, because Mobilephones.com is back with an Ashes app guide to kit your phone out for all the action from back home.
Sky Customers can see it all live on their smartphones with Sky Go. The service lets you register two compatible devices for streaming live Sky channels on the go.
If you’re not a Sky subscriber, the good news is you can sign up to Sky Sports Mobile TV on a monthly basis. That means you get Sky Sports 1 and 2 on your smartphone for just £4.99 a month and the whole Sky Sports package for £9.99. Best of all, there’s no lock-in contract so you can opt out whenever you want.
Sky Sports Mobile TV is available on iPhone and most Android devices but be sure to check your smartphone is compatible. For more info, visit Sky Go.
Channel 5 brings you highlights of all the day’s Ashes action. With Demand 5 you can catch up on every wicket and dodgy call from the comfort of your own phone. Although you don’t get the thrill of live action Sky Go has to offer, Demand 5 lets you fit the highlights in and around your busy schedule – you know, like sleep.
Best of all, the app is free!
Get yourself the BBC iPlayer Radio app and tune in to BBC 5Live for the familiar sound of Test Match Special. Jonathan Agnew brings you all the legendary TMS live coverage, with live commentary already starting back on 6 November with England’s first build-up match.
A huge summer demand for Ashes coverage has urged the BBC to pull out all the stops for the Australian tour. Between match days, BBC 5Live is bringing a series of special programming from the likes of Freddie Flintoff, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan.
Live text commentary can get scarily addictive. Download ESPNcricinfo and you’ll know exactly what that means. This is one of the essential apps for cricket fans and the text commentary is as good as any out there. That’s not all ESPNcricinfo has up its sleeve though, so expect to hear more about this wonderful little app.
BBC Sport makes another appearance thanks to its live text commentary coverage of the Ashes Down Under. By putting an interactive twist on live text commentary, the BBC invites you to get in on the banter.
Ashes Live Cricket Score/Cricket Live Scores Cricitch
Despite two different names for Android and iOS, both releases of this app offer the same comprehensive score centre for live cricket matches – and the Ashes is no exception. As far as independent cricket apps go, there aren’t many better options for keeping up with the all-important Ashes stats.
As promised, ESPNcricinfo returns with a round of live scores to compliment your text commentary - plus extra stats, live graphs, wagon wheels and a whole lot more. Yes please!
Even if you don’t fancy paying for Sky Go or Sky Sports Mobile TV, you can always rely on Sky Sports News to bring you the breaking Ashes headlines before anyone else. You might not get the in-game coverage available elsewhere, but you won’t find many better places to get all the latest Ashes news and scores.
Oh look, ESPNcricinfo crops up again – what a surprise. You know what this means. You need this app! News, features, videos and pretty much everything you could want from the perfect Ashes app.
The English Cricket Board app is unsurprisingly the must-have app for England cricket fans. More than that, it’s just a quality app altogether. It looks great and it’s packed full of features like push alerts for wickets and all the live scores, stats, batting and bowling info you need to keep up with every Ashes moment.
If time keeping isn’t your strong point and you like your Ashes live, there’s a host of world clock apps available on all platforms. Just search your app store and pick one that takes your fancy. World Clock – Time Zones for iPhone is a good option and World Clock & Widget for Android will do you well.
With the unrivalled Ashes coverage coming from Sky, the Sky Sports News app makes the perfect Ashes schedule. Just select the cricket section and slide over to the “On SKY” page to get all the UK times for day matches.
Don’t forget about our good old friend Twitter. Teams, players and just about everything Ashes has a Twitter account. Follow your favourites and your phone won’t stop buzzing with Ashes news, scores and undoubtedly the odd Twitter gaff from certain players (not mentioning any Kevins, I mean names!)
Check out our list of commentators and players to follow!
Notice an app missing from our list? If you’ve got a favourite Ashes app that we left out, get in touch and let us know in the comment section below.