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The Ashes Begin

10th July 2013

England’s cricketers are set to take on the Australians at Trent Bridge, Nottingham for the first test of the Ashes.

The Ashes are perceived as the ultimate Test cricket match for both English and Australian cricketers. There is a vast history behind the series, dating back to 1882 when the first match took place, England have won three of the last four matches and defeated Australia on their home turf in the last series.

Captaining the England team is cricketer, Alastair Cook who spoke about the series saying "Every Ashes series I have played in is always intense and that is what we have got to prepare ourselves for…Australia have fantastic players and it will be one heck of a battle.”

Former cricketers who have played in the Ashes series include Phil Tufnell, Freddie Flintoff, Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart. Phil Tufnell has tweeted the morning of the first test match, saying “Good morning everyone! Let Ashes battles commence!” Meanwhile Freddie Flintoff tweeted “Cycling down to watch those very very lucky Englishmen playing at Trent Bridge, good luck lads!”

The Ashes consists of five test matches, each lasting five days and will continue until the end of August.

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