Australia in England 2013

Trent Bridge to host first Test of 2013 Ashes

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 1, 2012

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Andrew Strauss with a replica Ashes urn after England secured a 3-1 win, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day, January 7, 2011
England will kick off their defence of the urn at Trent Bridge on July 10 © PA Photos

England will begin their 2013 defence of the Ashes with back-to-back Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's in July, while Australia will play a first Test at Durham's Chester-le-Street ground in the fourth match of the series. The ECB has announced the schedules for Australia's tour next year, as well as the visit of New Zealand earlier in the summer and the itinerary for the ICC Champions Trophy.

The ECB has also confirmed that Lord's will host the first New Zealand Test in 2013, instead of Cardiff. Lord's had previously stepped in to host West Indies last month, after Glamorgan were late in making payments for the Cardiff Test between England and Sri Lanka in 2011.

The 2013 series between England and Australia will kick off a run of 15 Ashes Tests within a two-year period. The third match will see Test cricket return to Old Trafford for the first time since 2010, while the series will conclude at the traditional venue of the The Oval.

David Collier, the ECB's chief executive, said: "The prospect of England defending the Ashes on home soil, the world's top eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, and a full programme of 50-over and T20 international cricket will provide rich pickings for cricket fans next summer.

"Last season's international programme attracted a record aggregate attendance of more than 850,000 spectators and we would urge all fans to purchase their international tickets early for 2013 to avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable summer."

The next Ashes in Australia will take place immediately after in 2013-14 - meaning the two teams will effectively play ten Tests in a row - to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia. England are then expected to host the Ashes again in 2015, before the series reverts back to its usual four-year cycle.

Australia will begin their preparations next summer with two four-day games, against Somerset and Worcestershire, and they will play Sussex in a three-day match at Hove between the second and third Tests. An ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh has also been scheduled ahead of the one-day series with England.

Several grounds that missed out on hosting Ashes Tests in 2013 have been awarded limited-overs fixtures, which will take place after the Test series. Hampshire's West End stadium will be the venue for a T20I and the fifth ODI, Edgbaston will host the third ODI and Cardiff the fourth. Cardiff, which had been due to host a 2013 Test between England and New Zealand, has instead been named as one of the three venues for the Champions Trophy.

"Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final," Collier said. "Cardiff was originally scheduled to stage next summer's first Test match against New Zealand and following further discussions between ECB, Glamorgan and MCC, this match will now be played at Lord's. We are grateful to both parties for their co-operation in this matter."

An ODI between Ireland and England at the redeveloped Malahide Cricket Club ground has also been announced for September 2013.

2013 Australia tour of England and Ashes schedule

June 26-29, four-day game v Somerset Taunton
July 2-5, four-day game v Worcestershire New Road
July 10-14, first Test Trent Bridge
July 18-22, second Test Lord's
July 26-28, three-day game v Sussex Hove
August 1-5, third Test Old Trafford
August 9-13, fourth Test Chester-le-Street
August 16-17, two-day game v Northamptonshire* Northampton*
August 21-25, fifth Test The Oval
August 29, first T20 international (D/N) West End
August 31, second T20 international Chester-le-Street
September 3, ODI Scotland v Australia Edinburgh
September 6, first ODI Headingley
September 8, second ODI Old Trafford
September 11, third ODI (D/N) Edgbaston
September 14, fourth ODI Cardiff
September 16, fifth ODI (D/N) West End

* If Northamptonshire reach the Friends Life t20 final, England Lions will host Australia at Northampton in a two-day fixture on August 16-17

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Posted by MattyP1979 on (June 4, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Deep_Point. Agree with your comments but you forget Aus now has 2 young bowlers that looked good against no-bodies on friendly surfaces before they got injured lol. Aus experts say they have a problem with the swinging ball like Eng have a problem with spin, so looking at the 2 attacks who do you think is going to struggle? Clarke really has to perform in Eng for Aus to have anything other than an embarressment. Will Ponting/Hussey still be alive/playing when the next ashes come round?

Posted by MattyP1979 on (June 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

I have to agree with some comments here about Ashes overkill. Part of the joy of watching the ashes is that it comes round every 2 years or so and the tension is built up. Beating the Aussies 3 series in a row will become tiresome. Eng/Ind/Aus seem to be playing far too much test cricket, would love to see SA/Pak play more. Mind you putting it up the Aussies might not get that tiedious I suppose.

Posted by Deep_Point on (June 4, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Great schedule and definitely playing to England's strengths with the ground selections there. Off to a flyer in Nottingham..! In fact I can't see how Australia are even going to create a challenge to England (in England) based on the squad. All the talk of "promising" and "raw talent" doesn't add up to anything when they cross the rope; Fact is, they simply aren't good enough. They lack stand-out players right down the list (with the exception of Michael Clarke, who right now would walk into any side, but 3 years ago has a truly disasterous tour of England). Dodgy openers, dodgy (and old) middle order, dodgy keepers, mis-firing seam attack, spinners who can't spin the ball on anything other than a crumbling strip. However, despite this, I can still see Glenn McGrath handing out his stock (and now embarrassing) "whitewash" predictions. The urn is going nowhere.

Posted by AKS286 on (June 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

if lyon and harris will play in the playing 11 then england must winl the ashes actually whitewash.lyon will definateky take the wicket of anderson (doubt) because he would not even took the wicket of umesh yadav. beer is better than lyon.

Posted by hhillbumper on (June 3, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Seems a shame to play the Aussies so much but suppose it is a chance to inflate the English players averages.Anderson vs that top 3 is not even going to be funny.They are going to be 3 down for very little time after time.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

RandyOz, might be an idea to check out what's REALLY going on. First stop, check out Anderson's bowling averages at Trent Bridge and in the last 3 years - and weep.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 3, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

@yorkshirematt - would be great to meet some fellow cricinfo posters and share a beer (with some banter no doubt!) Will let you know all know where im sitting!

Posted by   on (June 3, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Australia are currently ranked no.3. They play hard tough cricket. Michael Clarke has rallied his troops, they've finally found a spinner who can take wickets in Lyon, they've uncovered a lot of raw talent in their young fast bowlers in particular Pattinson, Cummins and Starc. The experienced of Hifenhaus, Harris and Siddle have established themselves as potent strike bowlers. They have an exciting opener in Warner, a strong middle order in Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, an emerging wicket keeper in Wade. Of course Aussie fans have the right to be excited thinking it is their best chance to take back the ashes back to back. Problem is only the best XI will be selected, that will come down to Inverarity and his men.

Posted by TheDoctor394 on (June 3, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Dreadful overkill of The Ashes, no matter who you support. And why does this Champions Trophy have to keep going? No-one seems to want it, except the ICC.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous scheduling of a boring format of cricket. Back to back Ashes ? no thank you. I hope God takes pity on followers of 'pest' cricket.

Posted by whatawicket on (June 2, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

lord dravid the beauty of ashes cricket the people in oz and eng will be quite happy to watch these series. you are quite lucky that u dont need to watch it. myself if i was as uninterested as you say about this, i would not bother to read the story or comment about i ask myself why do u bother.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (June 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

@ landl47: Well, it's true Australia in 2013 will be without that blond tubby leg-spinner chap who used to like bowling in tests at Old Trafford. Mind you England also have a spin bowler who used to be rather fond of bowling in tests at Old Trafford a lot, a chap called Panesar. I wonder if they will consider recalling him for the Old Trafford test next year. The victory at Lords in 2009 you mention actually means that England's recent record in Ashes tests at Old Trafford is the worst of all their traditional test grounds. Mind you, as you suggest, such sequences have to end some time ...

Posted by Mary_786 on (June 2, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Agree with RandyOz, i expect Khawaja to have a strong county and shield season and he should be back for the ashes, classy left hander and a great example for all the sub continent players trying to break it into the Aussie set up.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

The fact that the aussies still seem to rate Hughes just shows how thin their batting talent is. In my opinion, Warner is just Hughes 2.0, he will be found out byEngland's swing bowlers. They do have some talented young bowlers, but they are unproven in English conditions. England will probably whitewash them, especially if Hughes and Mitchell Johnson play.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Wondering whether Compton, given his fine form, is in line for a test cap? Sadly England have little to fear from WI especially with players missing and/or injured - a real shame as I'd hoped it would be a fine starter ahead of the main course against SA. Australia have a fine complement of bowlers now - provided they all remain fit, but their batting looks brittle especially if neither Ponting nor Hussey tours...

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Actually England vs South Africa series would be a lot more interesting the Ashes.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@Randyoz you must be dreaming. Hughes clearing boundaries in England.The only thing i know about Hughes is b Martin c Guptil.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

@ SirViv1973 you are right They are putting a much better fight.Oh hang on If Gayle and Narine were there it would be the opposite.Btw am not an Indian fan.

Posted by voma on (June 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

I think its simply to much cricket between Eng / Aus , people will start to lose interest . But at least we will see some proper Test cricket being played , after last years embarrasment with India . At the moment the West Indies are simply being outclassed , but they are the 7th team in the world . They will improve , but we all know australia wont throw in the towel , ever . India take note

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

@RandyOz, If your serious about regaining the ashes next year you will have to find better batsman than Hughes & Khawaja & very quickly! In 5 ashes tests Hughes ave 17! & Khawaja's test ave is under 30 & has only made 1 half century. As for Tom Cooper doesn't he play for Holland ?

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 2, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@rahulcricket, This so called worst ever WI team still managed to tie a test against Ind in Ind a few months ago. This WI side has also been a bigger challenge than the Ind team which was here last year, At least they have shown some fight and some spirit more than I can say for your boys who capitulated every game last summer before the shine had even worn off the new ball on the first morning!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Tendulkar is better than Bradman and India are invincible at home

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 2, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

I was initially under the impression that the reason we were hosting Aus for 5 ODI this summer was that with the Champs Trophy next summer there wasn't room in the sch to play another ODI series next summer. Well obviously the ECB have decided there is so why o why are Aus coming this summer. surely a 4 th test with SAF would have been more meaningful. Eng & Aus are go to be sick of the site of each other by Feb 2014. In an 18 mth period they will play 10 tests, 14 ODis & 4 T20s as well as this they could play each other in both T20 WC, Champs trophy & maybe another 3 odi in the final of the tri series which could mean playing 18 odi, this just seems like overkill to me.

Posted by henchart on (June 2, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@rahulcricket007: With the sort of pounding Indians had in Eng and Aus recently by losing all the tests ,it can take only audacity to comment about other teams ,which you have in abundance.Keep it up mate.Roach and Edwards will rip the Indian line up(even with three grandads one of whom retired and the other one will never ) on English pitches.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 2, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

@landl - welcome back mate, we missed you over the Pakistan and Sri Lanka series when you mysteriously disappeared. Shown up your lack of cricketing knowledge though mate. The Aussie batting is full of talent. Expect the likes of Khawaja, Hughes and Cooper to be clearing boundaries in England!

Posted by Bramblefly on (June 2, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Rozzer, Jonesy and Redneck. It appears that Australia's players don't share your confidence. What's this I hear about them threatening to strike over a move to performance related pay? They obviously believe 100% in their "rightful" place at number 1 in every ranking so I'm sure everything will be fine :-)

Posted by richardror on (June 2, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

I think 3-1 england is a good call. Pretty confident Australia won't win more than one because they lack the bowlers to take 20 wickets reguarly. England bowlers too strong.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@randy oz Great! Tell me where you're sitting at Old Trafford and Durham and I'll come and say hi! Would love to meet you and see if you're as bad in real life!

Posted by smudgeon on (June 2, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@landl47, my comment was more about responding to queries about the Aussies bowlers. But you're quite right, tha Aus batting order is heavily reliant on three guys, two of whom are really at the tail of their careers. Big concern 18 months out from the Ashes. Still, i hope 18 months is enough time for Watson and Warner to address their respective issuea. Much as i like Ed Cowan, he looked rather out of his depth on the slow Windies pitches. There are a few guys in domestic ranks who have shown good form (i like the look of Tom Cooper in particular), but i think it's going to be the difference between the two teams. Thought you'd be happy to take a 3-2 prediction :) but it's going to be a fierce contest, for sure. Bring it on.

Posted by AKS286 on (June 2, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

england is my favourite when i look at the batting and bowling side. pattinson VS finn interesting.Oz problem is the opening pair & a spinner.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

RandyOz - Are you still here? England have won 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series. Won the last two comfortably, including demolishing Aus in their back yads. I'm sure Strauss and his side are quaking in their boots at the thought of it all...

Posted by Hammond on (June 2, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

3-1 England. Aussie supporters you have a whole year to get your excuses ready.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 2, 2012, 4:52 GMT)


Posted by RandyOZ on (June 2, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

No real need to buy two tickets to the last two test as Australia will have already retained the ashes and they will be dead rubbers, that is of course, unless you want to see another two Australian dominations against the United XI. I hope they get a few more saffers in the team between now and then, to make it a bit more competitive.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 2, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Awesome. I will be at the first 3 tests. Looks like a good schedule!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 2, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

I love an Ashes series as much as the next England or Australia fan but so many series in such a short time is too many. I know that the WC in Australia meant that the usual scheduling had to be changed but surely they could have done better than that. There's no doubt that Australia are an improved team from the previous Ashes but given that England were vastly superior in that series, they'll need to be significantly improved. I would expect England to win but I don't expect the thrashing that some are fantasising about.

Posted by redneck on (June 2, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

so the ashes will finally be back where they belong come aug 5th 2013. back in aussie hands!!!! @TimelessTests thats probably more due to you poms having selective memories in which you forget anything england get smashed in! both ended with australia showing their supremacy in the one day arena taking both series 6-1!!!

Posted by landl47 on (June 1, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

@AdrianVanDenStael: I don't think this England side is much worried by statistics like not having won at Old Trafford since 1981. England hadn't won at Lord's against Australia since 1934 until they did it in 2009, and England had NEVER won against the WI at Trent Bridge until the test last week. The best side will win no matter what happened in previous series. @smudgeon: I'm sure Aus will fight like crazy and never give up- that's why they're always so tough to beat. However, I notice you haven't mentioned any batsmen. Cowan, Warner and Watson really don't look like an Aus top three, and then there are Ponting and Hussey at 4 and 6, both 38 by the time the Ashes start. Clarke's a fine player and a great captain, but unless he has better batting than that I can't see Aus scoring enough runs to win. But I'll take being one test up at the end of the series every time.

Posted by TimelessTests on (June 1, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Sad for the Rose, sorry - Ageas, Bowl this time round but the main problem is the many ODIs at the end. Remember the 7 ODIs after the regaining of the Ashes in 2009? Or the 5 after the epic Ashes retaining 2010/11 tour? No - me neither. But it seems that the accountants never learn.

Posted by on (June 1, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

2013 ashes ! i have a feeling this is going to be a classic ,i hope the English lose, but for that Aussies will have to get their batting problems sorted out , as much as i love ponting i don't think he should be playing next ashes , and get usman khawaja into team , watson at no.3 in tests is a joke

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Australia win regain the Ashes in 2013 in England under Michael Clarke's captaincy

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (June 1, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

It's ironic that with test series between all other combinations of teams getting shorter and shorter that England and Australia will be playing three consecutive five test series in the space of two years. No other combination of teams at all plays five-test series any more. It's good for Lancashire fans to see Old Trafford up there hosting an Ashes test again, although England fans might be concerned about England's poor recent record on that ground; they haven't won an Ashes test at Old Trafford since 1981. Next year will also be a good test of England's 100% record in tests at Chester-le-Street.

Posted by tanstell87 on (June 1, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

as usual England are gonna trash poor Australian team....

Posted by smudgeon on (June 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

richardror, i think you're underestimating the Aussie team. they might not seem the goods to you now, but i can guarantee CA's agenda in the current renewal phase is with both eyes firmly on the urn. the team will be hitting their stride right about the time they land in England. Hilf will love the swinging conditions, Pattinson should be quite a handful, and i'm a bit perplexed about your comment about no spinner. Nathan Lyon is the best traditional offie Australia have produced in years, and i reckon he's going to love playing in England. he has spells of getting pasted, but he's a smart kid and you can tell he's always working on his game. he might not be a up there with Swann or Ajmal right now, but i have every confidence that he's going to produce in England. having said that, England have a very good, settled team right now and if they can keep that core group together, it's going to be an epic series. i reckon they'll get it 3-2, but Australia will make them earn (ha!) it.

Posted by Meety on (June 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Hmmm. There is 2 4-day FC matches, but I'd rather a 3rd match (to start the tour), of say a 2 or 3 day duration - which could be one of those 16 players 11 bat variety. GO OZZYS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jaycee71 on (June 1, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

" besides, its ruining a hundred year old tradition (ruining the number of years the ashes r contested after in each country which is 4 years)"(June 01 2012, 11:33 AM GMT) in the 1970s Aus played series in Eng in 72, 75, and 77, it was only in the 1980s that the current 4 year cycle came into being. As I understand it, the reason for the change this time is so that both countries don't go into any future World Cups on the back of a 5 test Ashes series. I think there will be another series in Eng in 2015 but after that it will revert to every four years (2017/18, 2019, 2021/22, 2023 etc). By the way, bit silly of jonesy2 to alert security at Lord's of the precise date that Aus will try to steal the urn from the museum!!!

Posted by smudgeon on (June 1, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

excellent news - no lengthy breaks between the tests, and the ODIs tacked onto the end where they belong! looking forward to this series now.

Posted by richardror on (June 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@jonesy2 Australia will have played very well to get one draw and avoid a whitewash. Winning one? No chance. Australia's team is very weak. Young inexperienced fast bowlers, however they have potential, and no spinner to take advantage of England's main weakness (lack of ability to play good spin). England's bowlers should rip through Australia's batsmen and Australia's bowlers won't be able to bowl England out.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

More ODI's v Australia!!! Getting tedious.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

chaMPIONS TROPHY is rubbish,it will be scraped anyways after 2013 ,but i think it will destroy the appetite of cricket ,specially with ashes coming ,just OVERKILL

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Jimmy Anderson and co are currently licking their lips at the prospect of the Trent Bridge test as everyone, including clowns like jonesy, know and respect Anderson's record both at Trent Bridge and against Australia. Australia: Can't you come sooner? We can't wait to beat you yet again!

Posted by whatawicket on (June 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

at least with 10 tests in a row, the aussies should be able to win at least a couple of games during that run 3 - 1 1 - 3 and 2 draws. they have improved slightly from 5th or 6th in the icc league that they were down to.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 1, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

this is very silly and boring..sounds like there'll be an ashes series every year now *yawn*

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Oh look, another pointless Bilateral series among the same 2 of the SAME 10 nations that insist on keeping Test Cricket to themselves rather then spreading the game.... YAWN

Posted by Lara213 on (June 1, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

"The 2013 series between England and Australia will kick off a run of 15 Ashes Tests within a two-year period."

I'm looking forward to an England series hattrick and assuming there will be a long gap between 2015 series and the next Ashes, the Aussies will be facing their longest Ashes drought in its history.

Posted by landl47 on (June 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

The schedule works pretty well for all concerned. Aus will be here for the Champions Trophy and their warm-up games follow straight after. Having the Champions Trophy between the test series will keep interest high (not that there will be any problem with that in an Ashes summer!) and the ODIs with NZ will be a good warm-up for England's CT squad. The ODIs following the Ashes are a waste of time, but that's at the end of a very busy summer and no doubt two half-strength teams will go through the motions as usual. @jonesy2, the Australians will get to see the urn containing the Ashes when they're at Lord's. That's the closest they'll get to them next year.

Posted by Broadsword99 on (June 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

"so australia will have the ashes back by the 5th of august next year. good to know"

You've gotta admire the Aussie sense of humour! You may have got them back by August 5th 2023 but 2013? nah!

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 1, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

why not 3 odis and 3 t20s and longer warm up games for oz? It beats me. After all a few years down the line, the winner will not boast of winning a 5odi series and a loser will not regret losing a 5odi series. So it has no context. Further 3 t20s instead of 2 will ensure true chance to win a series. Anyways most t20 series' are drawn.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Shame the Riverside's first Ashes test will be a dead rubber but at least they'll get to celebrate England retaining the Ashes!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

By the 3rd of August Jonesy, we'll only need three days lol ;P

Posted by o-bomb on (June 1, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

@Rajiv Radhakrishnan - The fact is that whether we like it or not test matches are crammed into smaller time scales than they used to be. The last Ashes series in Australia (which we comfortably won Jonesy - don't forget that) was only 44 days form the first day to the last day. This one is barely longer at 46 scheduled days. I also have very fond memories of when a test series was spread out over the whole summer, but now the demands on international cricket are very different with far more teams to play than before. On another note; I'm glad they've put the Durham test in August rather than having everyone freeze there in May like has happened in previous years.

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 1, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

I ll wait fr d series very eagerly.Ashes in England is such a class act.V ll c aggression, there ll be heat and lots of fun.D first game at Trent Bridge ll be awesome.Swing bowling from both d sides ll be great to watch.My favourite pacers Hilfenhaus and Anderson ll clash...Its gonna be lots of fun.Two great swing bowlers of d world in front of each other.Lets c who wins.Gud dat i wont c any swingless bowling at 120ks by d indian medium pacers.its gonna be eng vs ausssies dude......

Posted by Tigg on (June 1, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Why can't the limited overs legs be first? That way you get a great build up to the main event instead of two meaningless series taking place after the only thing either side cares about.

Posted by jb633 on (June 1, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Can't see how playing 15 tests within 2 years can be seen as a positive thing. The best thing about international cricket is watching games in various conditions against different sides. 15 ashes matches in 2 years is nonsense. Why can't we have have 5 match series against SA, India and Pakistan as well. It will become boring wathcing the ashes if that is the only cricket being played. What is the point in winning three ashes series if you then go and get stuffed in the sub continent.

Posted by 5wombats on (June 1, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

First Test at Trent Bridge. Good. England 1-0 up in the series straight away.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

i think england will thrash australian side once again to regain ashes next year.

Posted by valleypf on (June 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

No problem with the grounds scheduled for Tests. We're coming to get you and we'll play you on the M1 if you like!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

I still cant believe we have back to back ashes……..having the ashes in Australia just 3 years after the last is ridiculous! It should be 4 years after the last (which would be 2014/15 summer)…..even a hard core cricket fan like me would get sick of following 10 test with the same country…and besides, its ruining a hundred year old tradition (ruining the number of years the ashes r contested after in each country which is 4 years..)……..anyway the 2013/2014 aus summer was originally devoted to Pakistan and the West Indies…now their fans will have to wait till after world cup..

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 1, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

A tour which is longer than IPL.. Wowwwww.. ODI after tests will surely lose out its interest..

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Rajiv I could not agree more, absolutely spot on chap. They have squeezed the all important tests together just so they can cram in a load of pointless ODI's at the end, stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by jonesy2 on (June 1, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

so australia will have the ashes back by the 5th of august next year. good to know

Posted by Gizza on (June 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

"the winter of 2013-14" Cricinfo is a global cricket news website. To avoid bias you should write "Northern Hemisphere winter". Don't forget that four of the ten Test playing nations are south of the equator.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Rubbish! Rubbish! I actually bumped into David Collier at Pinner Station last week, nice guy. I commended him on the 2012 - 2013 India tour with proper first class matches in place before the 1st Test. However, the 2013 summer looks awful. There is no breathing space between the Tests, and the ODIs are afterwards, in September!! No-one cares then. ODIs must always precede the Tests, to whet the appetite. I remember the days (89, 93, 97) there would be 6 Tests spread evenly through the summer, with ODIs (only 3!) in late May. Now we have the Ashes crammed in with the stupid Champions Trophy!

Posted by segga-express on (June 1, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

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