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Australian Summer of Cricket Heats Up With the Ashes

Cricket Australia releases the 2013-14 summer fixture

 
 

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In one of the world’s fiercest sporting rivalries, England and Australia will compete in the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, a five test series held across the country’s most beautiful cities, including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. The teams will also compete in the International One Day and Twenty20 tournaments after the Test series. Both teams compete in the fourth day of the Sheffield Shield at Blundstone Arena in Tasmania today. While the mercury sits at a paltry 12 °C, the match is just a warm up for the Ashes coming this December.

Stay with us as Europcar breaks down all the action for the coming ’13-’14 season.

There are few things more Australian than cricket. It has a faithful following of millions across the globe, attracting audiences only rivalled by the FIFA World Cup and Summer Olympics.  The Australian cricket season is approaching fast and as the Southern Hemisphere moves into summer, the competition heats up between Australia and England.

The English tour comes off the back of their 3-0 Ashes series win over Australia during the English summer, so the Aussies are keenly planning player selections and middle orders for the upcoming test series. It came after their 3-1 victory in the 2011/12 season, which was England’s first Ashes series win on the Australian pitch in 24 years.

Swings and Roundabouts

Holding a tight grip over 6th for Australia is Michael Clarke, but there is some conjecture in the media around who will complete the bill for the Australian team.  While the powers that be make the hard calls, the mudslinging has begun with Kevin Pietersen taking to Twitter, calling for Australia to lift their game not on the pitch, but for a sledging match with Aussie cricket fans over his Twitter account. Australian cricket fans on Twitter will happily oblige the request.

While England has locked in their Ashes side, Clarke’s ongoing back injury means he will face some fitness tests before finalising his spot in the team.  The Aussie team is meticulously planning for the test series as the stakes are slightly higher this year, with both England and Australia holding 31 Ashes wins each in the 67-year series history.  All other series outcomes have been drawn and no Ashes series were played during WWI or WWII.

bat and ball for the 2013 Australian cricket
Gearing up for Australian summer cricket

 

The Summer Of Cricket Ahead

Attracting millions of local and international spectators each year, the Australian cricket season provides the perfect opportunity to see more of Australia and experience the electric atmosphere these events offer, while taking in the sights and sounds of this great Southern land.  The competition doesn’t end with the Ashes, with T20 Internationals and ODI series also on the bill.

The 2013/14 Ashes Series will commence on 21 November 2013, with the first Test to be held at the GABBA, with the remaining four Tests to be played at Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. A five-ODI series will then follow in January, with three T20 Internationals completing the tour.

The ODI series will run from 12 – 26 January 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and will tour Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide before capping off the season with the ODI series taking place from the 29January – 2 February 2014. This is primetime for Australian summer, when Australian cities put on a fantastic range of events and attraction, cementing Australia as holiday destination that delivers.

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Australian Dates:

The Ashes, ’13/’14

Fixture

Venue

Date

Start Time (AEDT)

Network

First Test: Australia v England GABBA 21-25 November 2013 11.00am NINE
Second Test: Australia v England Adelaide Oval 5-9 December 2013 11.00am NINE
Third Test: Australia v England WACA 13-17 December 2013 1.30pm NINE
Fourth Test: Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Ground 26-30 December 2013 10.30am NINE
Fifth Test: Australia v England Sydney Cricket Ground 3-7 January 2014 10.30am NINE

Australia ODI series v England, 2014

Fixture

Venue

Date

Start Time (AEDT)

Network

First ODI: Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Ground 12 January 2014 2.20pm NINE
Second ODI: Australia v England GABBA 17 January 2014 2.20pm NINE
Third ODI: Australia v England Sydney Cricket Ground 19 January 2014 2.20pm NINE
Fourth ODI: Australia v England WACA 24 January 2014 2.20pm NINE
Fifth ODI: Australia v England Adelaide Oval 26 January 2014 2.20pm NINE

Australia T20 Internationals v England, 2013

Fixture

Venue

Date

Start Time (AEDT)

Network

First T20: Australia v England Bellerive Oval 29 January 2014 7.35pm NINE
Second T20: Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Groudn 31 January 2014 7.35pm NINE
Third T20: Australia v England ANZ Stadium 2 February 2014 7.35pm NINE

 

 

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