One of the biggest cricket events in the world is set to begin, as the 2013 Ashes Series is nearing its first match.
The Ashes Series is a five-match affair between the nations of England and Australia. The series has become one of the most tradition-rich events in cricket, as the celebrated rivalry has lasted since 1882.
England will look to defend the Ashes urn on their home soil, after taking the 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia in stunning fashion.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the upcoming event.
When: July 10-14
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
When: July 18-22
Where: Lord's Cricket Ground, London
When: August 1-5
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: August 9-13
Where: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
When: August 21-25
Where: The Oval, London
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Ashes Series Breakdown
The bitter rivalry between England and Australia has long captivated the sport of cricket, and it's taking center stage again in this year's Ashes Series.
The five-match scenario starts on July 10.
This year, England have the home-field advantage with all five tests being played on their soil. However, it alternates between Australia and England each year.
That didn’t stop the English from taking the 2010-11 Ashes, though. They won the series in Australia for the first time in 24 years, taking down the home country.
If England can defend their crown, they'll make history for the event. Australia pulled away in the 1990s with a big streak of series wins, but England will tie them with 31 series victories if they can pull another one out this summer.
Australia will be dealing with some coaching turnover leading up to the event. The national team decided to sack Mickey Arthur and replaced him with Darren Lehmann in late June, giving the Australians virtually no time to adjust.
Surely, it's just another one of many storylines heading into what should be some of the best cricket of the year.