2015 Ashes series starts in Cardiff on July 8

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Published: Monday, May 12, 2014, 15:22 [IST]
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London, May 12: Cardiff has been chosen as the venue for next year's first Ashes Test between England and Australia. The first of the five Tests begins on July 8 as the hosts aim to reclaim the most famous urn in world cricket.

Australia's tour of England starts on July 1 with a four-day game against Kent in Canterbury. The full schedule of the tour was announced by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today.

2015 Ashes series starts in July

Cardiff had hosted the inaugural Ashes Test in 2009 which ended in a nail-biting draw on the final day with England's last pair Monty Panesar and James Anderson frustrating the visitors.

The other four Test venues of 2015 Ashes tour are Lords, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval. Australia will also play a One Day International against Ireland (venue to be decided), one Twenty20 International and five ODIs against England. The tour ends on September 13.

Australia won the last Ashes series 5-0 earlier this year at home.

Australia tour of England Schedule

Thu 25 - Sun 28 June - 4-day Vs Kent, Canterbury

Wed 1 - Sat 4 July - 4-day Vs Essex, Chelmsford

Wed 8 - Sun 12 July - 1st Ashes Test, SWALEC, Cardiff

Thu 16 - Mon 20 July - 2nd Ashes Test, Lord's

Thu 23 - Sat 25 July - 3-day Vs Derbyshire, 3aaa County Ground, Derby

Wed 29 July - Sun 2 Aug - 3rd Ashes Test, Edgbaston

Thu 6 - Mon 10 Aug - 4th Ashes Test, Trent Bridge

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Aug - 3-day Vs Northants, Northampton

Thu 20 - Mon 24 Aug - 5th Ashes Test, Kia Oval

Thu 27 Aug - ODI Vs Ireland, Venue to be confirmed

Mon 31 Aug - Lone T20I, SWALEC, Cardiff

Thu 3 Sept - 1st ODI (D/N), Ageas Bowl

Sat 5 Sept - 2nd ODI, Lord's

Tue 8 Sept - 3rd ODI (D/N), Emirates Old Trafford

Fri 11 Sept - 4th ODI, Headingley

Sun 13 Sept - 5th ODI, Emirates Old Trafford


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