|Venue: Edgbaston Dates: 16-20 June|
|Protection: Dwell textual content commentary and in-play video clips on the BBC Sport web site & app, plus BBC Take a look at Match Particular on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Sports activities Further. Each day Immediately on the Take a look at highlights on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from 19:00 BST.|
Probably the most anticipated Ashes sequence in a era begins on Friday with the primary Take a look at at Edgbaston.
Will a rejuvenated England win the sequence for the primary time since 2015 or will Australia finish a 22-year watch for victory on these shores?
All shall be settled throughout 5 matches over the subsequent six weeks.
Right here’s every little thing it is advisable to know concerning the 2023 males’s Ashes…
Why is that this 12 months so particular?
The Ashes is among the oldest and most storied rivalries in sport – however this 12 months guarantees to be additional particular.
Since shedding 4-0 when these sides final met down below 18 months in the past, England have undergone an exciting transformation below captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.
They’ve received 11 of 13 Checks and have performed so taking part in an exciting, attacking fashion. Stokes’ England have been breaking data, hitting sixes and taking wickets like by no means earlier than.
Australia, although, are formidable opposition.
Final week they ruthlessly beat India to turn out to be Take a look at world champions, leaving a sense that this could possibly be the very best Ashes contest because the unforgettable sequence in 2005.
So who’s going to win?
Nicely, that’s simply it. No-one actually is aware of.
We requested the Take a look at Match Particular pundits to make their predictions and 7 mentioned England can be holding the urn on the finish of July whereas six backed Australia.
The bookmakers have Pat Cummins’ Australia as slight favourites.
The intrigue is how the vacationers take care of England’s aggressive strategy and the way the swashbuckling English batters fare towards Australia’s fearsome bowlers.
Who’re the gamers to look at?
We already know England’s crew for the primary Take a look at – they introduced it on Wednesday. There are a bunch of acquainted names but in addition some new ones to keep watch over too.
They’re led by Stokes, who famously helped England win the 50-over World Cup in 2019 and performed one of many biggest innings of all-time at Headingley within the drawn Ashes sequence later that summer season.
Different key gamers embody batter and former captain Joe Root and bowler James Anderson, who, now aged 40, could possibly be taking part in his final Ashes sequence – though now we have mentioned that earlier than.
England’s new rising star is batter Harry Brook. This winter he scored 4 centuries in his first seven Checks in probably the greatest begins to a Take a look at profession in latest reminiscence.
England suffered a blow within the build-up to the sequence when spinner Jack Leach was dominated out with harm. All-rounder Moeen Ali has come out of retirement within the Take a look at format to fill his spot.
Australia are protecting their playing cards near their chests however we all know their crew will embody the batters at the moment first, second and third within the Take a look at rankings.
A kind of is Steve Smith, who will verify his standing as a residing legend if he has one other dominant Ashes sequence. Workforce-mate Marnus Labuschagne is a spot above him on this planet rankings whereas attacking left-hander Travis Head is third.
The Australia bowling assault shall be led by captain Cummins whereas Scott Boland is on his first Ashes tour aged 34 however has made a surprising begin to Take a look at cricket.
When and the place are the matches?
- First Take a look at – Edgbaston, Birmingham, 16-20 June (11:00 BST)
- Second Take a look at – Lord’s, London, 28 June-2 July (11:00 BST)
- Third Take a look at – Headingley, Leeds, 6-10 July (11:00 BST)
- Fourth Take a look at – Outdated Trafford, Manchester, 19-23 July (11:00 BST)
- Fifth Take a look at – The Oval, London, 27-31 July (11:00 BST)
What the groups have mentioned
England captain Ben Stokes: “We all know how we’re going to play. That’s how England play.
“The message round ‘are we going to nonetheless play like this towards the Australia assault or any assault?’ must be knocked on the pinnacle as a result of now we have discovered a means that works for us and that’s our pure [style].”
Australia captain Pat Cummins: “There’s been a lot discuss it within the final 18 months, because the final one completed. We’re pumped that it’s right here.
“It’s thrilling, this one particularly looks like it’s simply bought a bit of bit extra on it, the entire cricketing world stops for a month to place their consideration on this sequence. We’re fortunate we’re in the midst of it.”
England bowler Ollie Robinson: “We’re the identical folks [as during previous Ashes series] however in a special head house, and taking part in in a special method.
“The boldness that we’ve bought going into this primary Take a look at is as excessive as I’ve seen in any crew in sport.”
Australia batter Steve Smith: “It [winning the Ashes in England] is definitely one thing I’ve wished to tick off my bucket listing.
“I do know it’s the identical for lots of the opposite boys within the room. We’ll give it a superb scorching crack the subsequent few months and it needs to be an excellent sequence.”
How you can comply with on the BBC
The sequence – and the Ladies’s Ashes which start subsequent week – shall be coated extensively throughout the BBC.
There may be commentary of each ball on BBC Take a look at Match Particular on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Sports activities Further, whereas you can too watch highlights on the finish of each day’s play on BBC TV and iPlayer at 19:00 BST.
There shall be live-text commentary, in-play clips, evaluation and way more throughout the BBC Sport web site and app with the build-up ranging from 08:00 on Friday.