The 2015 Cricket World Cup may well already be in the books, but for many cricket fans this summer’s upcoming action has even more at stake. The sport’s two oldest rivals, England and Australia, will do battle for the greatest prize in Test cricket, The Ashes.
England have won the last three Ashes series they have hosted, as they will do again in 2015, but it’s the Aussies who currently hold the Ashes Urn (awarded to the winning side after every series) after thumping England 5-0 in Australia in 2013/14. England are also coming into the series on a terrible run of form. Drawn Test series in the West Indies and at home to New Zealand, not to mention a dismal showing at The World Cup, are proof to many pundits and fans that they aren't currently up to competing with an Australian side who, in stark contrast, are flying. Michael Clarke's side will be touching down in the UK full of confidence, off the back of World Cup triumph.
Five Test matches, five One Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International will be contested between the two sides throughout the summer. Whether you prefer the long or short format of the game, there is going to be intense cricket on your television all summer long that you won’t want to miss.
Elsewhere, Pakistan are touring Sri Lanka, and South Africa will visit Bangladesh for both ODIs and Test matches. South Africa will then return home to face New Zealand in a One Day Series that will close out the international cricket calendar for the summer.
England vs Australia Ashes Tests July 8-12, July 16-20, July 29-August, August 6-10, August 20-24. England vs Australia T20I August 31. England vs Australia ODIs September 3, 5, 8, 11, 13. Ireland vs Australia T20I August 27. Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests June 17-21, June 25-29, July 3-7. Sri Lanka vs Pakistan ODIs July 11, 15, 19, 22, 26. Sri Lanka vs Pakistan T20Is July 30, August 1. Bangladesh vs South Africa T20I’s July 5, 7. Bangladesh vs South Africa ODI’s 10, 12, 15. Bangladesh vs South Africa Tests July 21-25, July 30-August 3. South Africa vs New Zealand T20Is August 14, 16. South Africa ODIs 19, 23, 26.
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