Ashes 2013

Australia host England in the first Ashes test in Brisbane as the home side look to redeem themselves after a disappointing run of results in the reverse fixtures.

Where to Watch Live

Play is scheduled for 12am GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD from 21 to 25 November.


Michael Clarke has a huge job in his hands if he has to reclaim the Ashes from England after a 3-0 drubbing earlier in the year. Australia managed to get into promising situations on many occasions during that series but failed to capitalise on their chances, something which has been a regular feature in recent times, especially after Michael Hussey's retirement in January. They have failed to win a single Test during that period and need a turnaround of epic proportions if they are to reclaim the famous old urn.

The Aussies have a selection battle at hand, with Shane Watson unlikely to bowl for long periods owing to a tight hamstring, which should facilitate the inclusion of James Faulkner into the squad to add that extra bowling option. However, their batting line-up, as is apparent from their 12 man squad, is extremely inexperienced and may succumb under pressure given the hype surrounding the fixture.

Meanwhile England come into the match on the back of a morale boosting seven wicket victory over a Cricket Australia Invitational XI in a practice game and will be geared up for the challenge. Alastair Cook's men are beginning to find their feet down under, with the last game capping off a brilliant all round display from the current holders of the Ashes. England have brought an experienced squad to Australia and are favourites to retain the Ashes on current form but Cook will be wary of his bowling line-up which has flattered to deceive in the first two practice games.

Form Guide

Australia (Last Five, most recent first): D L D L L

England (Last Five, most recent first): D W D W W

Team News


Probable Line-Up: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.


Probable Line-Up: Alastair Cook (capt), Michael Carberry, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson.