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Optus offers its customers data-free cricket this summer

Cricket Australia joins the EPL as part of Optus' own sport channel.

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Optus customers can watch cricket on the go this summer.

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Optus Sport is expanding this summer in the most Aussie of ways: with 24/7 cricket.

Starting from Monday October 31, 2016 and running until February 28, 2017, Optus customers will have live, data-free streaming of the cricket as part of the telco's partnership with Cricket Australia.

The Optus Sport app will grant subscribers access to Cricket Australia Live. From the dedicated app, you'll be able to watch live Test matches, one day internationals, and the local and international T20 matches over the summer. You'll also get access to classic matches, highlights and analysis.

There's a caveat, though. The offer is only available to Optus customers. It's on selected postpaid mobile, home broadband and mobile broadband plans that cost AU$30 per month and above, but you'll pay an extra AU$15 per month for the privilege. If you're currently on AU$85 or higher plans, you'll nab Optus Sport for free this summer.

It's a data-free offering (aside from ads and a few other things), so you'll be able to stream cricket all summer to your heart's content without cutting into your monthly data allowances.

Optus made a similar offer last year, but it's worth noting that this time around the data-free streaming is folded in to the telco's own Optus Sport channel.

The cricket joins Optus Sport's English Premier League coverage, with subscribers getting access to both sports. Optus won the broadcast rights for the EPL earlier this year, outbidding Foxtel and leaving the pay TV service somewhat in the lurch. By now adding cricket into its Sport portfolio, it's clear Optus is stepping up to the crease when it comes to providing content.