England's full Ashes tour mapped out
England's full itinerary for their defence of the Ashes this coming winter has now been finalised, with Cricket Australia confirming they will play three warm-up games leading into the first Test at the Gabba.
The fixtures for the 3 mobile Ashes series had already been confirmed, with five Tests between November 25 2010 and January 7 2011.
Andrew Strauss' side now know they will start their preparations for the opening Test in Brisbane with three-day warm-up matches against Western Australia in Perth and South Australia in Adelaide.
They will then face Australia A in Hobart in a four-day game ahead of the Ashes opener.
Another three-day practice game against Victoria in Melbourne is sandwiched between the second and third Tests at the Adelaide Oval and the WACA in December. All four matches will carry first-class status.
CA have also announced the schedule for two Twenty20 internationals and a seven-match Commonwealth Bank one-day series between the two teams following the Test series.
England’s first match following the conclusion of the final Test in Sydney on January 7 will be the traditional limited-overs encounter against a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra three days later. CA are yet to decide whether that will be a Twenty20 or 50-over match.
That forms the tourists’ only one-day warm-up prior to the Twenty20 series, which features games at a revamped Adelaide Oval and Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Seven ODIs between January 16 and February 6 round off the tour, including the customary Australia Day match in Adelaide on January 26.
CA chief executive James Sutherland noted that with the ICC World Cup directly after the Australian summer, every limited-overs match between now and then would be crucial preparation for both teams.
Sutherland said: "It's a very busy period for the Australian cricket team over the next 18 months with an Ashes trophy to regain, but we also have a very strong focus on retaining our position as the number one ranked one-day team in the world.
"A World Cup win would make it four titles in a row and matches against Sri Lanka early in the season and seven games against England in January will provide the team with some great preparation.
"As with every season, there are plenty of things to consider when putting Australia's summer of cricket together but we feel that the 2010-11 schedule offers fans around the country with some great opportunities to catch all the action against two quality opponents."
England in Australia, 2010-11 schedule
Nov 5-7: v Western Australia, WACA, Perth
Nov 11-13: v South Australia, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Nov 17-20: v Australia A, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Nov 25-29: 1st Ashes Test v Australia, Gabba, Brisbane
Dec 3-7: 2nd Ashes Test v Australia, Adelaide
Dec 10-12: v Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Dec 16-20: 3rd Ashes Test v Australia, Perth
Dec 26-30: 4th Ashes Test v Australia, Melbourne
Jan 3-7: 5th Ashes Test v Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Jan 10: v Prime Minister’s XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Jan 12: 1st T20 v Australia, Adelaide
Jan 14: 2nd T20 v Australia, Melbourne
Jan 16: 1st ODI v Australia, Melbourne
Jan 21: 2nd ODI v Australia, Hobart
Jan 23: 3rd ODI v Australia, Sydney
Jan 26: 4th ODI v Australia, Adelaide
Jan 30: 5th ODI v Australia, Brisbane
Feb 2: 6th ODI v Australia, Sydney
Feb 6: 7th ODI v Australia, Perth
NB - schedule correct as at February 5 2010. CA reserves the right in its absolute discretion to change or amend the international program at any time, without notice.