Tag Ashes 2013
England and Australia begin preparations for next Ashes series as soon as one finishes, and that's because they value that urn so much. Aussies, thanks to a settled team in 1990s and early 2000s, walked through 8 consecutively series untill Andrew Flintoff heroics halted them in 2005. Aussies took fitting revenge whitewashing next home series but same Flintoff, ending his career prematurely by playing through injury, snatched the urn back in 2009. Several Aussie stalwarts retired at once and England defended their crown well away from home in 2011..
Aussies have worked overtime for last couple of years to identify and groom players who can win them the prestigious trophy back but England now have settled team. Can visitors win 2013 Ashes series outright? here's the schedule as announced by ECB, good one year in advance.
Australia land in UK, rest for couple of days and then indulge in two four day games, against Somerset and Worcestershire before the first test at Trent Bridge from 10th July and second at Lord's from 18th. Another 3 day game against Sussex will provide visitors a chance to give some practice to bench warmers before 3rd and 4th Ashes test at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street respectively. Aussies have opted for another two day game before the final test at The Oval which'll be important is series isn't decided by them, otherwise nothing more than waste of time.
Whatever the result of Ashes 2013, both teams will have to re-group for series of two twenty20s and 5 one day internationals, starting 29th August. Aussies play one off one day game against Scotland as well before the Natwest series.
Related : Ashes head to head | Australia v England test records | 2010-11 series results.