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BT Sport has won the rights to show the Ashes in 2017/18. It's part of a five-year deal with Cricket Australia that includes all Australian home cricket internationals.

It won the rights from Sky, its bitter rival.

As part of the deal, BT Sport will show all Australian Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia. As well as the Ashes Test, it will also show multiple series against other titans of the game, including New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan.

It also includes 35 KFC Big Bash League matches, plus the women's Ashes and the T20 Big Bash League. And BT Sport has secured a free-to-air rights package that includes daily highlights of international matches and the Big Bash League, as well as one Big Bash league 'match of the round' broadcast live and free each week.

BT Sport already has rights to the annual Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament.

"BT Sport is delighted to be adding international cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia," said Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport. "We will show live domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years."

Ben Amarifo, Cricket Australia's executive general manager of media, communications and marketing, added: "We are delighted to be entering into this important new partnership with BT Sport.

"BT Sport put forward a highly compelling bid for the rights to broadcast cricket from Australia to audiences throughout the United Kingdom.

"They are uniquely placed to become one of the UK's largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that.

"With more cricket content now available via BT Sport, free-to-air television and through our digital platforms, we are making the game more accessible to more people. The principle of taking the game to more people is very important in our efforts to grow the game."

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