The first part of the Ashes series is to be held in the following English venues, The Oval, the Riverside Ground, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and Lord’s. Regarding the Lord’s venue, there were some concerns over whether the venue was a suitable choice, as it has not hosted an Ashes Test since the series first began in 1882. However, after some debate, it was confirmed that Lord’s would be included within the five venues for the series. The second part of the series will be hosted in five Australian venues, namely SCG in Sydney, the MCG in Melbourne, the WACA in Perth and the Adelaide Oval. The series will be broadcast live by Sky Sports, Fox Sports and Nine Network. The Ashes series is set to be the first of two series which will be held back to back. Up until now, the Ashes series has always been held just before the start of the World Cup. In a bid to end this cycle, the series is now being pushed forward in its schedule by twelve months. The England team are hard at work training for the forthcoming series and as part of their preparations, will be playing a number of first class matches. The long history of sporting rivalry between Australia and England means that this year’s test series has garnered intense interest from cricket fans, millions of whom are now looking forward to what will inevitably be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. Given England’s victory during the 201002011 test series, it is expected that there will be thousands of cricket fans travelling from Australia to England for the Test matches, in order to boost the Australian team’s morale and of course, thousands of tickets have already been booked by English fans, who will be making their way across the world to support their cricket team in Australia when the time comes.AUTHOR BIO
Kevin Maddox writes regularly for some of the most well known sports websites, blogs and print publications. In addition to reporting on the Ashes series, she will also be reporting on the upcoming Latin America tours this year.