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The 2013–14 Ashes series is a forthcoming series of Test cricket matches to be contested between England and Australia with the first test to be held at the Gabba,with the remaining four Tests to be played at the Adelaide Oval, the WACA Ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

 The Ashes has always been dominated by the Australians so expectation from cricketing fan of Australia would higher this time too. The Ashes is considered as a series of prestige and reputation among these two countries so it is expected to get the best from both this teams before the Cricket world cup. The popularity of test cricket is still retained, and a lot has to be attributed to this legendary contest.

The Ashes is one of the most anticipated and exiting tours in the world of International Cricket. Played between England and Australia, The Ashes is also one of the most popular rivalries to exist in cricket. It is a cricket series at its purest form. The series comprises of five test matches hosted by either of the two countries. The series is held once every two years. The Ashes have been in existence since the year of 1882.

Although the trophy is at the moment with the English team, it is Australia who has been more successful between the two teams.There have been as many as 327 matches played in this series. Out of these matches, England have won 102 while the Australians have won 133 matches. 

Hours of play (local time): 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Australia squad
Michael Clarke(c), Brad Haddin, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson

England squad
Alastair Cook (c),James Anderson,Jonny Bairstow (wk),Ian Bell,Gary Ballance,Stuart Broad,Michael Carberry,Steven Finn,Monty Panesar,Kevin Pietersen,Matt Prior (wk),Boyd Rankin,Joe Root,Graeme Swann,Ben Stokes,Chris Tremlett,Jonathan Trot