England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty
England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine with the Ashes urn. Photo- Getty

The scheduled for highly anticipated Ashes 2021-22 series between Australia and England has been announced and the five-Test series which will be played in Australia will begin on December 8 with the first Test being played at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Gabba ground in Brisbane was touted as a fortress for the Aussies team who had not lost a single Test at the venue from 1988, until a plucky Indian team featuring novice players and a couple of debutants, handed them a 3-wicket defeat in the highly entertaining encounter early in the year.

Ahead of the five-Test Ashes series, Australia and England will hone their respective Ashes preparations with a pair of three-day intra-squad practice games to be played at Brisbane’s Redlands ground. England will play England Lions from November 23 and the two England teams will then play a second warm-up game at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane from November 30-December 3.

England's Joe Root and Australia's Tim Paine. Photo- Getty
England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Tim Paine. Photo- Getty

Australia Team To Hold Trials For Finalizing Ashes 2021-22 Squad; Afghanistan Test Postponed

The Australian team will hold the trials for the final squad at Redlands (Labuschagne’s home Premier Cricket club) from December 1-3 and the Ashes squad will be named from an expanded group of ‘hopefuls’ after that.

Australia Test captain Tim Paine also revealed that he hoped to play “either a second XI or Shield game” for Tasmania prior to the intra-squad game in Brisbane as part of his return from recent surgery, and finalization of the next phase of domestic matches will help with his planning.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Twitter)

In another development, the historic one-off Test match between Australia and Afghanistan that was supposed to take place in Hobart has been postponed. The one-off encounter was supposed to be held at Blundstone Arena from November 27, but the reported opposition of Afghanistan’s Taliban government to supporting women’s cricket has led to the eventual postponement of the encounter.

CA officially postponed the one-off Test between Australia and Afghanistan. Photo- Twitter
CA officially postponed the one-off Test between Australia and Afghanistan. Photo- Twitter

“CA is committed to support growing the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, however, given the present uncertainty, CA felt it necessary to postpone the Test match until a later time when the situation is clearer. CA looks forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL this season, who are great ambassadors for the game, and to hosting both the Afghanistan women’s and men’s team in the not-too-distant future,” CA said in a statement released.

Here is the Ashes 2021-22 schedule including tour matches:

Tour Matches-
Nov 23-25: England vs England Lions, Redlands, Brisbane
Nov 30 – Dec 3: England vs England Lions, Ian Healy Oval, Brisbane

Ashes 2021-22-

First Test: December 8-12, The Gabba
Second Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval
Third Test: December 26-30, MCG
Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG
Fifth Test: January 14-18, Perth Stadium

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