What time is the tea break during 5th Ashes 2022 Test? When it is called, duration and when play will restart

Tune in after tea to catch the last session of play in Australia vs England’s fifth Ashes Test match

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Test matches are often mocked for their five day duration and cricketers are usually teased over their reliance on tea and small sandwiches.

Tea has become almost as crucial to the game of Test cricket as the playing itself.

It gives players a chance to have a quick break in concentration and focus on something other than the bowler or batter while also giving fans a moment to pause, reflect and, if watching at the ground, buy the next round.

It has only been in more recent history that cricketers would not indulge in the food that was on offer. As cricket became more and more professional, cricketers began to take more note of what they were putting into their body and how it might affect the game.

Pre-2000, full meals might be eaten at both lunch and tea, but now it would not be unknown for cricketers to just enjoy a small snack such as a banana or protein bar.

Australia beat England by nine wickets at the GabbaAustralia beat England by nine wickets at the Gabba
Australia beat England by nine wickets at the Gabba

With the 2021/22 Ashes series taking place down under, it has made it harder for English fans to watch as much of the action live as possible.

Many are taking strategic naps earlier in the day and powering through as much of the night as possible, while others might wake up at 3 or 4am to catch the last sessions.

The less intense fans of the sport might just be simply relying on the highlights available the following day.

However the day/night test that will take place this week in Adelaide offers a new opportunity for English fans to watch more of the action when they wake up.

If a slight lull from work allows, fans might be able to keep up with the last session on a discreet screen in the background.

Equally, those glued to watching every ball might be able to go to bed earlier and wake up for the 4am GMT start.

Tea will precede the last session of the day and would be the most ideal time to join the sport for UK viewers.

Here are the timings ahead of the second Ashes test match for fans to enjoy the last session before close of play.

When is the 5th Ashes Test match?

The first day of the 5th Ashes Test match between Australia and England started on 14 January 2022.

Where is the 5th Ashes Test match taking place?

Australia and England will face each other for the second day/night test match at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

What time does play start in the 5th Ashes Test match?

The 5th Ashes Test started at 4am GMT on each morning of the match.

What time is tea?

Tea will take place after the second session of play. In the case of this test match, the tea break will start at 9.10am GMT.

The umpire will call an early tea break if it begins to rain. Equally, if teams are trying to make up for lost overs from earlier in the day or the session before, the next break can be pushed back.

How long is the tea break?

Tea is the shorter of the two breaks and lasts just 20 minutes, meaning the final session of the day will resume at 9.30 GMT.

Where to watch the 5th Ashes Test match?

BT Sport has all the rights for the Ashes 2021/22 series. Go to our how to watch the Ashes article to find out more.

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