Mitchell Marsh will be key to Australia in this Ashes © Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh will be key to Australia in this Ashes © Getty Images

England have not lost a single series to Australia in their backyard since 2001, and they would aim to maintain their domination when The Ashes 2015 gets underway on Wednesday at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Catch Live Cricket Scores and Ball-by-Ball commentary of England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff, Day 1 here

England have been a very strong side in their backyard like most of the Test teams in international cricket, and this series will present Michael Clarke’s men a challenge to play out of their skins and retain the urn, which they had reclaimed in the previous edition in 2013-14. Live Cricket Updates: England vs Australia Ashes 2015 1st Test at Cardiff Day 1

Australia will be keen to retain the urn as they have left no stone unturned in their preparations for this series. They did suffer a massive blow when their ace bowler Ryan Harris was ruled out due to knee injury and eventually retired, but it seems that Australia’s vast bowling resource has enough to make up for the loss. READ: Ashes 2015 no less than test of character for Clarke and Cook

England have had a mixed run in the past, but that does not suggest they are favourites to win this series. Similarly, Australia’s poor fortunes in England highlight their misery, and the touring men will have to play consistently good cricket in order to finally register a win. READ: Phil Hughes’s final Test series in Ashes 2013