Tomorrow, the 2013 Ashes
series (England verses Australia) begins with the start of the first match at Trent Bridge (Nottingham). Though England and Australia have battled since 1861
, the Ashes
were first contested in 1882
. Australia lead England 31-30 in series
victories. England start as strong favorites with the bookmakers
. Glenn McGrath cautiously predicts a 2-1 Australia series win
, whilst Ian Botham predicts a 10-0 wipeout for England
over the two series. The 2013 Ashes will be streamed live to 53 countries
over YouTube. With Britain in the grip of unusual summer weather (sun
), much play is likely.
Test cricket matches can last up to five days and conclude in a victory/loss, draw or tie. In recent years, an Ashes series consists of five matches. Out of the 107 countries and territories
who are members of the International Cricket Council, England and Australia are currently ranked 3rd and 4th. The squads of both England
bring a mixture of experience and new Ashes talent to this series.
During this summer tour of England and Scotland
, Australia will also play England in several one day and twenty-twenty international matches, adding to a recent encounter in the ICC Champions Trophy (England won
). Unusually, the next Ashes series takes place this Australia summer coming
. If every available playing day is used, England and Australia will do battle on 65 out of the next 208 calendar days, plus warm-up matches.
To add spice to this series, Australia recently changed their coach
, while one of their players was temporarily dropped for punching an England player
in a Birmingham pub. Sledging
, the practice of verbal insults and psychological distraction during cricket, is anticipated.
The Ashes also means a summer of Test Match Special
for radio, online or app-based listeners. Increasingly using social media
, this BBC institution
is known for its distinctive theme music
, sometimes unusual array of guests
, and cake