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Sky records highest audience for one day of Test cricket

But audience was smaller than the World Cup final

Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics saw Sky record its highest ever audience for one day of live Test cricket.

A peak of 2.1 million UK viewers switched on as England levelled the Ashes in dramatic fashion.

That is a smaller audience that the World Cup final between England and New Zealand last month, when Stokes was also the hero. That match peaked at 8.7 million viewers in the UK after Sky (3.5 million) shared its live broadcast with Channel 4 (5.2 million).

Channel 5 said it had an audience of over 2 million for its one‑hour highlights show that followed day four at Headingley, while BBC’s Test Match Special claimed similar figures to its coverage of the World Cup final with 1.3 million requests on the day via its online platforms.