The action during The Ashes isn't confined to the five matches. From London to Cardiff, Robert Wainwright discovers there's plenty on offer just a hook shot away.
A tiny urn containing the ashes of a burnt cricket bail has become an iconic symbol of one of the world’s most enduring international sporting contests. Since the first Ashes series in 1877, there have been 314 Test matches of which Australia has won 123 and England 103, with 88 drawn.
The battle is on again, beginning in Cardiff on July 8 then moving to London, Birmingham and Nottingham before returning to the UK capital for the final Test at The Oval, starting on August 20.
For the thousands of Australians who will descend on England and Wales, the experience is about on-field glory. It’s also a pilgrimage to hallowed grounds and the cities in which they reside. But whether you’re jetting in for one Test or going the distance for all five, how do you make the most of your stay? And what to do when the Baggy Greens pummel the Brits into submission on day three and you have two days up your sleeve? We’ve got your Ashes tour sorted.