THE bid to regain the Ashes in 2015 will begin in Cardiff after the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed the full itinerary for Australia’s tour next summer.
England surrendered the urn in humiliating fashion Down Under last winter as they succumbed to a 5-0 defeat which brought head coach Andy Flower’s spell at the helm to an end.
Peter Moores has since been appointed as his replacement and his first Ashes Test in charge will take place at the SWALEC Stadium beginning on 8 July.
Further Tests will follow at Lord’s (16 July), Edgbaston (29 July) and Trent Bridge (6 August) before the final Test of the summer at the Oval, beginning on 20 August.
The selection of Cardiff for the opener mirrors 2009 when James Anderson and Monty Panesar held on to secure a draw in the first Test as England went on to win the series 2-1 and regain the urn after a 5-0 drubbing in 2006-07, setting England on their way to the first of three Ashes successes in a row until last winter’s defeat.
Before the Ashes begin, England will face New Zealand with the first Test of the summer starting at Lord’s on 21 May and the second, commencing on 29 May, taking place at Headingley.
Australia’s first action of the summer will take place at Canterbury on 25 June as they face Kent in a four-day game and they will also take on Essex before the first Test.
Michael Clarke’s men will then face Derbyshire between the second and third Tests and Northamptonshire between the fourth and fifth before a one-day international against Ireland on 27 August.
Australia and England will than play a single Twenty20 game in Cardiff on 31 August before the five-match one-day series takes place with matches at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton (3 September), Lord’s (5 September), Old Trafford (8 September), Headingley (11 September) and Old Trafford once more (13 September).
New Zealand play ODIs against England at Edgbaston (9 June), the Oval (12 June), the Ageas Bowl (14 June), Trent Bridge (17 June) and Chester-le-Street (20 June), before concluding with a T20 international at Old Trafford on 23 June.
ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA 2015
ASHES TEST SERIES
First Test: SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, 8-12 July.
Second Test: Lord’s, London, 16-20 July
Third Test: Edgbaston, Birmingham 29 July-2 August
Fourth Test: Trent Bridge, Nottingham (6-10 August)
Fifth Test: Kia Oval, London 20-24 August
T20 Match: Cardiff, 31 August
First ODI: Ageas Bowl, Southampton, 3 September
Second ODI: Lord’s, 5 September
Third ODI: Old Trafford, Manchester, 8 September
Fourth ODI: Headingley, Leeds, 11 September
Fifth ODI: Old Trafford, 13 September