‘No bigger challenge’: Aussies gear up for brutal tour as 2023 Ashes schedules confirmed

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The 2023 Ashes schedule for the Australian men’s and women’s teams have been locked in as both sides look to bring the urns back home once again.

The men’s team begin their Ashes campaign with the First Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 16, while the women’s side kick off with the first and only Test in their series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 22.

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Once again, the women’s Ashes will comprise of all three formats of the game, with one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is.

Victory in the Test will bank the winner four points, with a win in an ODI or T20I worth two points.

Not one game was lost between the Australian men’s and women’s sides in the Ashes earlier this year, as the men enjoyed a 4-0 demolition in the Test series while the women drew the Test, won three ODIs and one T20I.

The locked-in Ashes schedule for 2023 comes ahead of the English men’s team return to Australia for the upcoming T20I series, with games in Perth (October 9) and Canberra (October 12 and 14) to take place ahead of the T20 World Cup on Aussie soil.

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It will also be the first T20I series for England under the guidance of former Australian women’s coach Matthew Mott.

With next year’s Ashes series confirmed, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley is excited to see the travelling squads attempt to complete one of the most difficult feats in the sport.

“The Ashes series are among the most significant sporting events in world sport and we are looking forward to these highly anticipated contests in England next year.

“There is no bigger challenge than retaining the Ashes away from home. There is huge excitement from our teams as they look to write themselves into Ashes folklore.

“While these series are on the horizon, we’re excited for the cricket immediately ahead this summer as our men’s team host England across two highly anticipated Dettol T20I and ODI Series either side of the T20 World Cup.”

The men’s and women’s Ashes series will run concurrently, but in a 139-year-first, there will be no men’s Test in August, with the finale finishing on the final day of July.

The earlier scheduling enables pl;ayers to compete in the increasingly popular competition The Hundred.

2023 Qantas Australian Men’s Ashes Tour of England

Jun 16 – Jun 20: First Test | Edgbaston, Birmingham

Jun 28 – Jul 2: Second Test | Lord’s, London

Jul 6 – Jul 10: Third Test | Headingly, Leeds

Jul 19 – Jul 23: Fourth Test | Old Trafford, Manchester

Jul 27 – Jul 31: Fifth Test | The Oval, London

2023 CommBank Australian Women’s Ashes Tour of England

Jun 22-26: Test match | Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Jul 1: First T20I | Edgbaston, Birmingham

Jul 5: Second T20I | The Oval, London

Jul 8: Third T20I | Lord’s, London

Jul 12: First ODI | County Ground, Bristol

Jul 16: Second ODI | The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Jul 18: Third ODI | County Ground, Taunton