Next Ashes Test: 2023 England vs Australia fixtures, start times and TV channel

Josh Tongue

Josh Tongue has been named in England’s unchanged 14-man squad for Thursday’s final Test – PA/Mike Egerton

Josh Tongue has dismissed Steve Smith every time he has bowled to him this summer and has promised England that he is raring to go if required at the Oval.

England named an unchanged squad for Thursday’s Oval final Test but may be forced to tweak a bowling attack dubbed “Dad’s Army” at Old Trafford, and Tongue appears perfectly placed to cap a meteoric rise this summer with a third cap.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad were thought to be especially sore after the third Test, with Tongue and Ollie Robinson ready to step in.

Tongue was close to retirement only 18 months ago due to a shoulder injury but has dismissed Smith three times – once for Worcestershire, twice in the Lord’s Test – and David Warner twice.

Since Lord’s, he has been replaced by Mark Wood, but they could be paired in England’s quickest attack of the series at the Oval.

“It was a nice feeling, being the quickest bowler in the England attack,” said Tongue about being compared to Wood. “Growing up, I always wanted to be in an England attack, so being classed as the quickest bowler in the team was a nice feeling.

Read more on how Tongue aims to continue his purple patch against Smith here.

Ashes fixtures and full schedule

  • First Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham – June 16-20 (Australia won by two wickets)

  • Second Test, Lord’s, London – June 28-July 2 (Australia won by 43 runs)

  • Third Test, Headingley, Leeds – July 6-10 (England won by three wickets)

  • Fourth Test, Old Trafford, Manchester – July 19-23 (Match drawn)

  • Fifth Test, The Oval, London – July 27-31

Trent Bridge has missed out on hosting a men’s Test, although it was the venue for the one-off Test in the women’s Ashes.

What time does each Test match start?

All five Tests are designated ‘day’ matches, commencing at 11am (BST), and each day’s play is scheduled to last until 6pm, although time can be made up to 6.30pm, if no breaks in play, to facilitate 90 overs. Lunch will be at 1pm and last for 40 minutes and tea at 3.40pm for 20 minutes.

What is England’s record in the Ashes at each ground?

  • Edgbaston P16 W6 L5 D5

  • Lord’s P40 W7 L18 D15

  • Headingley P26 W9 L9 D8

  • Old Trafford P31 W7 L8 D16

  • The Oval P38 W17 L7 D14

What TV channel is the Ashes on? How can I follow it in the UK?

Live coverage

Sky has the rights for domestic Tests and is broadcasting all five matches exclusively live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

More people tuned into the Edgbaston Test than any other in Sky’s history, with the peak audience of 2.12 million narrowly beating the figures for the 2019 Ashes Test at Headingley, when Ben Stokes marshalled an extraordinary England heist.

TV highlights

The BBC has a highlights package and shows Today at the Test on BBC2 at 7pm after each day’s play.

Radio coverage

The BBC has the radio rights for domestic Tests and features ball-by-ball coverage (unless you are listening on longwave during the shipping forecast) on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and via the BBC Sounds app.

TMS coverage is led as usual by Jonathan Agnew, alongside what it calls “an iconic commentary team” comprising Isa Guha, Simon Mann, Alison Mitchell, Daniel Norcross and Jim Maxwell, with summarisers Michael Vaughan, Sir Alastair Cook, Phil Tufnell, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Ebony Rainford Brent, Vic Marks and Alex Hartley. Andy Zaltzman returns as scorer.

Who is in the Ashes squads?

England vice-captain Ollie Pope has been ruled out of the remainder of the summer with a serious shoulder injury sustained during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. It is the third serious shoulder injury of his career, although the previous two have been to his left shoulder. The latest injury will require surgery.

Meanwhile, spinner Nathan Lyon has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes with a calf tear.

England have named an unchanged squad for the final Ashes Test which begins at The Oval.

Selectors have kept faith with the same 14-man squad that had them on the cusp of victory at Old Trafford.

However, the key selection dilemma for Ben Stokes is whether to bring Josh Tongue back in after impressing at Lord’s or perhaps Ollie Robinson if he is fit to return.

England squad for fifth Ashes Test

Ben Stokes (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad , Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Australia squad for fourth Ashes Test

Pat Cummins (captain) David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

What are the players saying?

Tongue laughed off the notion that Smith is now his “bunny”, saying: “I did see this little picture of Steve Smith in the corner and me and then a rabbit on my head or something like that. I have seen some funny stuff on Twitter.”

Tongue, who returned to Worcestershire colours last week against Leicestershire and picked up a five-wicket haul, is hoping to get the nod at the Oval, and top 90mph once more.

“I’m ready whenever,” he said. “Obviously going from county to international cricket there’s a lot more pressure and the adrenalin will be kicking in and the intensity and stuff.”

“I was trying not to look at the speeds on the scoreboard at Lord’s too much but you naturally look sometimes and it was great to get up to that sort of speed. That was a very good thing for me.”

“I feel I’m a big rhythm bowler. When I’m bowling at my best, I don’t try too hard, my skills, my height, my bounce, my pace, when I don’t try and bowl too quick all my attributes kind of sink in.”

Meanwhile, Cameron Green has admitted Australia “got out of jail” thanks to the rain at Old Trafford.

“I think we definitely got away with one there,” Green told cricket.com.au. “We didn’t play our best game. The rain gods were in our favour the last couple of days. You just take it and move on to the next game.

“There’s no point denying it. Whilst we were behind the game, and you never know what would have happened, cricket is a funny game, but England dominated this one. We definitely got out of jail.”

Zak Crawley, the man of the match at Old Trafford, says England are “massively” up for spoiling Australia’s party at the Oval.

“I think 2-2 would be fair,” he said. “They had the better of us at Lord’s, Edgbaston could have gone either way, we probably deserved this one and Headingley could have gone either way. So I think two-all would be right. We’ll see, hopefully we can get it.”

What is the recent history of the Ashes?

England are bidding to regain the Ashes for the first time since 2017. Going into the series, Ben Stokes’s side had an awful lot going for them, winning 10 of their first 12 Tests under his captaincy, and also enjoy a superior record in the past five home series against their most venerable opponent, four of which were won and the last, in 2019, drawn.

After losing the first Ashes of the 21st century 4-1 on Steve Waugh’s last tour here, England won back the Ashes in memorable style in 2005, regained them in 2009, both times by margins of 2-1, retained them 3-0 in 2013, won them back by 3-2 in 2015 and rallied to square the series 2-2 four years ago even though they were unable to prevent the holders preserving their possession of the urn.

In the 1980s and 1990s England’s home Ashes series were elongated to encompass six Tests but since the conclusion of Australia’s 1997 tour they have been wisely reduced to five and that remains the format this time around.

There is one significant and controversial difference, however, because of the 50-over World Cup in October, which England will begin as defending champions, and the desire of the England and Wales Cricket Board to give its Hundred competition an August showcase, the marquee Test series takes place before high summer and only the final Test is being held after state schools break up for the long holiday.

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