The drama unfolds in Nottingham between two great cricket nations.
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
When: July 10-14.
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The 2013 Ashes series contested by England and Australia has been highly anticipated by cricket fans and will begin at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The ground will host the first of 10 Tests between these two sides in 2013/14, spread over two series for the most famous urn in sport in both the British Isles and Down Under.
Many critics have speculated on how this first match will pan out with the Three Lions being touted as favourites having won three of the last four battles between these teams.
Alastair Cook’s men won successive series’ in 2009 and 2010/11 – both home and away – but this is the first time the side will take to the field in the Ashes under Cook’s guidance.
Not that it should make the English too worried as the 28-year-old has excelled as both captain and opening batsman since taking over the role from Andrew Strauss.
Cook’s opposite number Michael Clarke is in similarly good form, even if the team he is guiding aren’t.
In fact Clarke’s impressive performances throughout 2012 earned the Aussie the prestigious title of being named Wisden’s Cricketer of the Year.
However, whilst the 31-year-old is in fine form, the Australia team are not and a 4-0 whitewash in India earlier in the year has certainly dented confidence.
The Australians have changed coaches within the last month as well, with Mickey Arthur being replaced by Darren Lehmann due to bad results and the starting XI has also undergone an overhaul.
Opener Chris Rogers has been brought into the team despite the 35-year-old having only played one previous Test match and in a similar vein, Matthew Wade has been replaced behind the stumps by veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
England meanwhile have done little to their squad other than welcome back with open arms Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann from injury.