December 5, 2020, 7:21

Australia v England: The ultimate Ashes preview

Australia v England: The ultimate Ashes preview

The ultimate rivalry in cricket gets set for its newest chapter when Australia and England clash in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on Thursday.

Scroll down for our interactive countdown to the series – hear the views of the men that matter, have your say on the big battles and crucial team selections, and play our interactive quiz…


  • November 23-27: 1st Test, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)
  • December 2-6: 2nd Test, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)
  • December 14-18: 3rd Test, Perth -WACA (02:30 GMT)
  • December 26-30: 4th Test, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, Dec 23-27)
  • January 4-8: 5th Test, Sydney (23:30 GMT, Jan 3-7)

Ashes Panel: Power to inspire

The Ashes has gripped many a generation and will do so again this winter.

As part of the build-up, caught up the men who have locked horns with Lillee, battled against Border and wrestled Warne.

David Gower, Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis, Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain all had one aim as England captain: to win the Ashes. But what sparked that ambition? Read their earliest Ashes memories HERE!

Squads Australia

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

Seven years after his last Test appearance, Australia's wicketkeeper Tim Paine says he is excited to be recalled. England

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes (wk), Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.

How should England line-up in Brisbane? Australia’s Ashes newcomers

Australia have announced their 13-man squad for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane next Thursday, and the Aussie selectors have included a few names that might be unfamiliar to England supporters.

Opener Cameron Bancroft is set to make his Test debut, while wicketkeeper Tim Paine has earned a shock recall to the side.

With Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb and Chadd Sayers also in the squad there could be up to five newcomers to Ashes cricket when Steve Smith leads his side out at the Gabba.

We profile Australia’s Ashes newcomers HERE!

Mark Stoneman’s Ashes diary

In-form England opener Mark Stoneman begins his exclusive Ashes Diary for Sky Sports, talking batting with Joe Root, James Vince’s etiquette and the evergreen Paul Collingwood, as he fulfils his “ultimate dream”…


England’s warm-up results

  • v Western Australia XI, Perth (Waca) – Match drawn
  • v Cricket Australia XI, Adelaide (d/n) – England won by 192 runs
  • v Cricket Australia XI, Townsville – Match drawn

Gideon Haigh’s column

In his first column for Sky Sports, and with the Ben Stokes saga rumbling on, Australian cricket writer Gideon Haigh examines how notable absences have shaped Ashes series past…


Four Key Battles James Anderson exclusive

England’s all-time test wicket-taker speaks to Sky Sports about the challenges of an Ashes tour and how to deal with the Australian crowds.


Stuart Broad exclusive

The England bowler talks about the character needed on an Ashes tour and how Sir Alex Ferguson helped him shrug off Aussie fans’ abuse in 2013/14.


WATCH: Woakes ready to step up

Chris Woakes says he needs to step up in the absence of Ben Stokes as England prepare for the Ashes.

Chris Woakes says he needs to step up in the absence of Ben Stokes in the Ashes. WATCH: Lloyd: Ignore Aussie mind games

Former England cricketer David Lloyd warns England’s cricketers to ignore the mind games ahead of the Ashes.

Sky Sports' David Lloyd warns England's cricketers to ignore the mind games ahead of the Ashes. Ashes on the Brain Test your knowledge…

Put your Ashes cricket knowledge to the test by taking our head-to-head quiz put together by Sky Sports statistician Benedict Bermange!


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