See the 2010-11 Ashes dates for the fiercely contested international cricket series held between England and Australia, plus details of Australian venues.
In 2010-11 the Ashes series is being held in Australia during the Southern hemisphere summer. The 2009 series was held in England, and England won 2-1. The Australian team is keen to regain the precious Ashes urn and are likely to be highly competitive during the Ashes series Down Under.
The fixtures for the 2010-11 Test series were announced by Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The five-Test series will follow the same format as the previous tour Down Under, with Brisbane staging the opening match at The Gabba on 25 November 2010.
Ashes Series Test Dates 2010-11
First Test: November 25-29, 2010, Brisbane
Second Test: December 3-7, 2010, Adelaide
Third Test: December 16-20, 2010, Perth
Fourth Test: December 26-30, 2010, Melbourne
Fifth Test: January 3-7, 2011, Sydney
Below are details of the Australian Test Grounds where the Ashes series will be held in 2010-11.
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland
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The Brisbane Cricket Ground is generally referred to as the Gabba by cricket fans throughout the world. It was originally built in 1895 and was once famous for it grassy banks. In recent years it has been refurbished and is now a modern stadium with high-class facilities. Famous Australian bowler Shane Warne used to perform well here as the playing surface is true and has excellent bounce.
Seating capacity: 42,000.
Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, South Australia
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Adelaide Oval is located in the parklands that surround the city of Adelaide. It is a very picturesque ground and dates back to the 1870s. The dimensions of the oval are 190m x 125m which is longer and narrower than most Australian cricket grounds. This suits batsmen who play square of the wicket and bowlers have to be careful not to deliver wide balls as they will be exploited by the batter. The pitch is usually excellent for batting.
Seating capacity: 34,000
WACA Ground, Perth, Western Australia
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The WACA is named for the Western Australian Cricket Association and was officially opened in 1893. The pitch is well known for being quick and bouncy and suitable for fast bowlers and swing bowlers. Although the temperature can be stiflingly hot in summer the “Fremantle Doctor” sea breeze tends to pass through the ground in the afternoon, bringing some relief from the heat. A $250 redevelopment of the stadium has been approved which will give an increased seating capacity. Construction is expected to commence in March 2011.
Seating capacity: 24,500
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria
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The Melbourne Cricket Ground is commonly referred to as the MCG and is the largest stadium in Australia. Originally built in 1854, it was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It traditionally hosts the Boxing Day test which draws huge crowds, and is also used for Australian Rules Football games during winter. The MCG has the world record for the highest light towers at a sporting venue.
Seating capacity: 100,018
Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales
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The Sydney Cricket Ground was established in 1848 and has a historic mixture of old and new stands that create a unique character and atmosphere. It is traditionally host to the fifth and final test of the Ashes series, held early in the New Year, and is generally good for spin bowlers. Prior to the 2015 Cricket World Cup there are plans to increase the capacity to 50,000.
Seating capacity: 46,000
Cricket fans always enjoy the Ashes series and demand for tickets is always strong, so add the Ashes dates to your diary now.
© Jo Jackson November 2010
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