Ashes 2015 on the BBC: Test Match Special & 5 live coverage

The Ashes on 5 live sports extra
Australia hold the Ashes after a 5-0 series success in 2013-2014

BBC Test Match Special will broadcast ball-by-ball commentary as England seek to regain the Ashes against Australia this summer.

All games can be heard on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and via the BBC Sport website and app, with regular updates on Radio 5 live.

This is available for UK listeners only, but coverage is available in many territories via YouTube, rights restrictions permitting.

BBC Radio will also have commentary on every ball of the Women's Ashes, which is played over a multi-format series in July and August.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew leads the TMS commentary team, which includes Ed Smith, Henry Blofeld, Simon Mann and Jim Maxwell.

Ashes Tests
First Test: Cardiff - 8-12 July
Second Test: Lord's - 16-20 July
Third Test: Edgbaston - 29 July - 2 August
Fourth Test: Trent Bridge - 6-10 August
Fifth Test: The Oval - 20-24 August

They will be joined by expert summarisers including Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Graeme Swann and former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath.

Australia visit for the five-Test Ashes series, one T20 match and a five-match ODI series.

During the Test series, there will be daily highlights on BBC Radio 5 live's In Short page as well as a daily TMS podcast, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website - while you can live news and wicket alerts on the BBC Sport app.

BBC Radio will also have live commentary on all games in the multi-format Women's Ashes series in July and August 2015.

How to listen to TMS
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - via digital radio; digital satellite channel 0144; Freeview channel 706; cable TV channel 864 or 908
BBC Radio 4 - via analogue radio on 198 LW; digital satellite channel 0143
BBC Sport website - via
Via the BBC Red Button, via the BBC iPlayer Radio app for iPhone and Android, and via the BBC Sport app which now features live radio streaming which you can hear while reading the live text and reports
Get BBC iPlayer Radio on your mobile

Additional Ashes programmes

In addition to ball-by-ball coverage, there will be a range of special programmes bringing you insight, wit and wisdom, including:

  • Greg James is back with Not Just Cricket
  • Three Graeme Swann Ashes Roadshows
  • Six brand new Ashes specials
  • Pint-sized Ashes and 6-Duck-6 return
  • BBC One editions of Ashes Question of Sport and Pointless

Schedule (all times BST)

Saturday, 1 August

Not Just Cricket with Greg James: Cricket banter with players past and present, 09:00-11:00, BBC Radio 5 live

Michael Vaughan's 6-Duck-6: Former England captain takes your calls after the fourth day's play of the third Test, 19:00-20:00, BBC Radio 5 live

Sunday, 2 August

Flintoff's Ashes Legends - Geoffrey Boycott, 05:00-06:00, BBC Radio 5 live

Archive on 4 - Morning Everyone, 18:00-19:00, BBC Radio 5 live - Rory Bremner celebrates the life of Richie Benaud

Tuesday, 4 August

Graeme Swann's Ashes Roadshow, West Bridgford, 19:30-21:00, BBC Radio 5 live - previewing the fourth Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, which starts on 6 August

Friday, 7 August

Richie Benaud BBC Radio 4 documentary (time TBC)

Saturday, 8 August

Not Just Cricket with Greg James: Cricket banter with players past and present, 09:00-11:00

Michael Vaughan's 6-Duck-6: Former England captain takes your calls after the third day of the fourth Test, 20:00-21:00

Tuesday, 18 August

Graeme Swann's Ashes Roadshows (Location and time TBC)

Preview of the final Test at The Oval, which starts on 20 August

NB: Other programmes will be announced when details are confirmed.

Programmes and start times are subject to change.

Women's Ashes coverage

BBC Radio will have commentary on every ball of the Women's Ashes, which begins in Taunton on 21 July.

Alison Mitchell leads the BBC coverage, and she will be joined by ex-England pair Isa Guha and Ebony Rainford-Brent, as well as the former Australia star Mel Jones.

Women's Ashes: England v Australia 2015
DateGameVenuePts for winPts for draw
In the event of a tie in the T20 internationals, a super over will be played
21 Jul1st ODITaunton21
23 Jul2nd ODIBristol21
26 Jul3rd ODIWorcester21
11-14 AugTestCanterbury42
26 Aug1st T20Chelmsford2N/A
28 Aug2nd T20Hove2N/A
31 Aug3rd T20Cardiff2N/A

Domestic cricket coverage

There will also be a new regular Friday evening T20 Blast programme on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, featuring commentary, highlights, special guests and interviews, presented by Charles Dagnall, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Henry Moeran.

BBC Local Radio will broadcast live commentary of every single county match, with increased coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra most weeks.

TMS contract until end of 2019

In January 2012, BBC Sport announced a new six-year radio rights deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board, which means TMS will be on air with exclusive radio commentary of all home series up to and including the end of the 2019 season, with more coverage of domestic cricket and women's internationals.

You can also access the BBC Ashes Archive at for some famous historical moments from the past, as described by TMS.

International cricket broadcast via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app on desktop, mobile and tablet is available to UK users only, but all county cricket coverage is available worldwide.

England's full fixtures (times and coverage details subject to change)

Some Red Button coverage may not be available on Freeview - further details here.

If you have any questions about the BBC's cricket coverage please first consult our main FAQs page.

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