ENGLAND have confirmed Ashes schedule for next year’s series – and it’s good news for the Aussies.
The Ashes Tests will begin on August 1 at Edgbaston.
That will be followed by a week’s break before the second at Lord’s, followed shortly by the third at Headingley in Leeds.
The series will then move west to Manchester’s iconic Old Trafford ground before the traditional last stop at The Oval in London.
And the omission of Nottingham’s Trent Bridge will be music to the ears of Justin Langer and the Baggy Greens.
The ground has produced some of their most dramatic and embarrassing moments over the past 15 years.
Just last month England racked up a stunning world record One Day International score against them of 481-6.
Back in 2015 the Aussies were skittled for 60 in just 19 overs two years after narrowly falling short of victory in the 2013 Ashes opener at the same venue.
And who can forget during that magical summer of 2005 when Ricky Ponting was run out by substitute fielder Gary Pratt and Adam Gilchrist was caught by a diving and full-stretch Andrew Strauss as England sealed the Ashes.
Australia are the holders of the urn following a win at home last year.
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But they have not won an away series since Steve Waugh guided them to victory on these shores back in 2001.
And the tourists are sure to get a fiery welcome from the Barmy Army following Sandpaper-gate which brought shame on Australia’s national sport.
The World Cup final will take place on July 15 next year, giving the Aussies just over a fortnight to prepare for the Test series should they go all the way at the tournament.
England will prepare for the Ashes with an historic four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s between July 24-27.
ASHES 2019 DATES
First Test: August 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham
Second Test: August 14-18 at Lord’s, London
Third Test: August 22-26 at Headingley, Leeds
Fourth Test: September 4-8 at Old Trafford, Manchester
Fifth Test: September 12-16 at The Oval, London