Forged over 130 years of mental and physical combat, the Ashes can lay claim to being Australia’s fiercest rivalry in international sport, and those who have had the privilege of doing battle have experienced the dizzying highs and devastating lows. Heroes have been forged from adversity and genius has been found in even the most dire of circumstances.
The England Ashes squad have come to Australia full of confidence off the back of a 3-0 home tour victory. The team appear to be firing on all cylinders, with Cook and Pietersen in a talented top order and Anderson and Swann keen to continue where they left off. Alistair Cook has the opportunity to evolve from an international star to a legend of England cricket if he can successfully captain two Ashes series victories in 12 months.
Meanwhile, Australia is mobilising its own troops under the baggy green, determined to retain that which they are convinced is rightfully theirs. Mitchell Johnson is returning to the form that evokes terror in his foes, while a sublime start to the domestic season has seen David Warner primed for battle, all under the watchful eye of Australia’s captain and most decorated batsman, Michael Clarke. The stage is set for a thrilling series!