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May 12, 2015
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced the dates of Ashes 2015 in England. Australia will be looking to defend their crown and will be hoping for better outing in England this time. The Ashes officially start on July 8, 2015 in Cardiff reported cricket.com.au.
The other grounds hosting the test matches would be Lord’s, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval and the Australian team will be looking to win their first Ashes in England since 2001.
The Australian team also play tour games against Kent and Essex and after the end of the test series they plan an One Day International against Ireland. Australia are now the number Test side and their coach Darren Lehamann hopes they can continue with the same form. After defeating England 5-0 and South Africa 2-1 in the recently concluded Test series, Australia was promoted to the number one team by ICC.
England will be hoping for a better performance this time, after they suffered a whitewash in Australia. Playing at home they will looking to take advantage. The full schedule is given in the table below.
|Thu 25 – Sun 28 June||Four-day v Kent||Canterbury|
|Wed 1 – Sat 4 July||Four-day v Essex||Chelmsford|
|Wed 8 – Sun 12 July||First Test||Sophia Gardens|
|Thu 16 – Mon 20 July||Second Test||Lord’s|
|Thu 23 – Sat 25 July||Three-day v Derbyshire||County Ground|
|Wed 29 July – Sun 2 August||Third Test||Edgbaston|
|Thu 6 – Mon 10 August||Fourth Test||Trent Bridge|
|Fri 14 – Sun 16 August||Three-day v Northants||Northampton|
|Thu 20 – Mon 24 August||Fifth Test||The Oval|
|Thu 27 August||50-over v Ireland||Venue TBC|
|Mon 31 August||T20 International||Sophia Gardens|
|Thu 3 September||First ODI (D/N)||The Rose Bowl|
|Sat 5 September||Second ODI||Lord’s|
|Tue 8 September||Third ODI (D/N)||Old Trafford|
|Fri 11 September||Fourth ODI||Headingley|
|Sun 13 September||Fifth ODI||Old Trafford|
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