2010-11 Ashes Tests finalised
The ECB and Cricket Australia today announced the schedule for the 3 mobile Ashes Series in Australia in 2010-11.
England will begin their defence of the Ashes in Brisbane with the First Test of the five match series being staged at the Gabba from November 25th to 29th.
Matches in Adelaide and Perth will follow with Melbourne's Boxing Day Test and Sydney's New Year's Test completing the series. The schedule for the one-day Series will be released separately at a later date.
The ECB and CA have also agreed that the England team will play three first-class matches prior to the First Test and a further first-class game in between the second and third Test Matches. Further details will be released in due course.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: "The recent npower Ashes Test series between the two sides was the sporting highlight of the summer and has really whetted the appetite of all cricket supporters as England seek to retain the Ashes next winter.
"It promises to be a great contest and I am sure many thousands of England cricket fans will be eager to purchase tickets when they go on sale and get behind the team in Australia."
CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said he was looking forward to another thrilling contest between world cricket's biggest rivals.
"Australian cricket fans always love an Ashes series and demand for tickets is going to be strong, so it is important to put the dates in diaries now," he said.
"We also expect to have a lot of UK fans here again.
"I know we have only just finished an Ashes series in England but I also know that the Aussie players - and Australian cricket in general - are already thinking about the Ashes series down under which starts in just over 12 months.
"Australia has a very good Ashes record at home and I'm hopeful that will continue next summer and we can bring the Waterford Crystal Urn back to Australia."
3 mobile Ashes Series 2010-11
Nov 25-29: 1st Test, Australia v England, Gabba, Brisbane
Dec 3-7: 2nd Test, Australia v England, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Dec 16-20: 3rd Test, Australia v England, WACA, Perth
Dec 26-30: 4th Test, Australia v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Jan 3-7: 5th Test, Australia v England, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
NB - schedule current as at October 8, 2009.
Cricket Australia reserves the right in its absolute discretion to change or amend the international programme at any time, without notice.