Here's a video preview of the Ashes 2013 starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Australia travel to England for a five-match Test series in the first of the back-to-back Ashes series. Michael Clarke's Australia has been through a lot of troubled times in the recent past with Mickey Arthur's sacking, Shane Watson and three others being suspended for not complying with instructions and David Warner's bar brawl. However, the focus will be entirely on the cricket when they take the field on Wednesday.

As for England, they have been in good form and will begin their campaign as favourites to clinch the series and retain the Ashes. Their sound top-order alongwith a potent pace bowling attack makes them a stronger side than the Australians.

However, when it comes down to the Ashes, no battle is won on paper.