Seventeen months after their last winless tour of Australia (it’s now 12 years since they last won a Test Down Under), England will begin their quest to recapture the Ashes for the first time since 2017. Ben Stokes’s side have plenty to do. for them to win nine of their first 10 Tests under his captaincy and also enjoy a superior record in the last five home series against their most venerable opponent, four of which were won and the last, in 2019, drawn.
After losing the first Ashes of the 21st Century 4-1 on Steve Waugh’s last tour here, England won the Ashes back in memorable style in 2005, won them back in 2009, both times by 2-1 margins, retained them 3 -0 in 2013, they won them back 3-2 in 2015 and came from behind to tie the series 2-2 four years ago despite failing to stop the starters from retaining possession of the ballot box.
In the 1980s and 1990s England’s home Ashes series was lengthened to span six Tests, but since the conclusion of the 1997 tour of Australia they have been wisely reduced to five and that remains the format this time around. However, there is a significant and controversial difference. Due to the Over-50 World Cup in October, in which England will start as defending champions, and the desire of the England and Wales Cricket Board to give their Hundred competition a showcase in August, the Test marquee series it will take place before the summer and only the final test will take place after the state schools break up for long vacations.
As usual, there will be two tests in London, at Lord’s and Oval, with the series kicking off at Edgbaston, the favorite ground for England players despite the fact that the so-called local ‘fortress’ was breached by the Australian victory in 2019. the squad from four years ago, the other two Tests are scheduled for the white and red rose, at Headingley and Old Trafford, again missing Trent Bridge.
Ashes accessories and complete calendar
First test, Edgbaston, Birmingham, June 16-20
Second Test, Lord’s, London, June 28-July 2
Third Test, Headingley, Leeds, July 6-10
Fourth Test, Old Trafford, Manchester, July 19-23
Round 5, The Oval, London, July 27-31
What time does each test match start?
All five Tests are designated ‘day’ matches, starting at 11am BST with each day’s game scheduled to last until 6pm, although the timing may go as late as 6:30pm. Lunch will be at 1:00 p.m. and will last 40 minutes, and tea at 3:40 p.m. for 20 minutes.
What is England’s record at the Ashes on each course?
What TV channel is it on? How can I watch in the UK?
Sky has the rights to the domestic tests and will broadcast all five matches exclusively live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.
The BBC have secondary rights to the highlights package and will show them, probably if previous series are any good, on BBC2 at 7pm.
The Corporation also has the radio rights to the National Tests and will be covered ball-by-ball (unless you are listening on longwave during the dispatch forecast) on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW and via the BBC app. sounds.
Telegraph Sport will also bring you live coverage of every part of the series.
Who are in the squads?
That won’t be known until mid-May for Australia and, as is normal for the home team, about a week before the first Test begins on June 16.
There may well be some great talent to emerge in the next five months after England’s two Test tour of New Zealand in February and a single Test against Ireland in early June, while Australia play four Tests in India during February and March. But most of the teams will be filled by those who served both sides so well in Test cricket in 2022, plus a few on the sidelines, namely:
England Ben Stokes (captain), Zach Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Ollie Robinson, Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Rehan Ahmed, Mark Wood and, with Good luck, reinforced. for the long-awaited returns of Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Saqib Mahmood and possibly, at home, Chris Woakes.
Australia Pat Cummins (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Harris , Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Lance Morris and Ashton Agar..
What is our prediction?
There have been just two draws in 13 tests in England after the Covid summer of 2020 and none in the last 10. In 2015, every test returned a positive result and it would be fair to risk that with good weather, aggressive England tactics, brilliant Australia attack, a more enduring batch of balls from Duke and a home Ashes swan song for Messrs Broad and Anderson (84 and 44 Ashes wickets in England respectively after Anderson managed just four overs in 2019), which the five Trials will end with a victor. England’s excellent home record of late and their refreshing approach suggests a repeat of 2015 in terms of series outcome but with closer games: England 3-2 Australia.