Sky News Update: Sky Sports have enlisted the help of former England Captain and twice Ashes winning captain, Andrew Strauss to analyse this year’s Ashes. It is one of the oldest and most famous competitions in sporting history, certainly in cricketing history – England vs Australia in ‘The Ashes’. Dating back to 1882 when ‘The Sporting Times’ wrote a satirical obituary of English cricket following a particularly conclusive defeat at The Oval by Australia, the Ashes has been played approximately every 18 months in alternate countries. England are the current holders of the urn – reputed, erroneously, to be the trophy for beating the opposition – having won both at home in 2009 and away in 2010-11. Winning in Australia was Strauss’ third win and second as skipper but arguably more importantly this was the first time England had been lead to a win in Australia for 24 years. Having stepped down as captain of England and retired from all forms of cricket at the end of August 2012 following a stressful summer and a period of being slightly out of form with the bat. This put his opening batting partner Alastair Cook into the position and he will captain his first Ashes series this summer. With the Australian squad in disarray and England looking strong under the captaincy of the Essex batsman, the latter are looking like the comfortable winners; but you can never speak too soon. Sky Sports are offering exclusively live ball-by-ball coverage of every Test this summer. As of the 30th June 2013, Sky Sports 2 has been transformed into Sky Sports Ashes and are showing the England warm up matches, some domestic t20 competitions and previews a-plenty before the first Test at Trent Bridge on the 10th July 2013. The Sky Sports Ashes commentary team will consist of David Gower, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd, Bob Willis, Shane Warne, Sir Ian Botham, Michael Holding and new-to-the-commentary-box Andrew Strauss. The Ashes-winning captain will add a new dimension to the commentary as although he is the sixth ex-England captain to commentate, he is the only one to have won The Ashes. The commentary box promises to be a lively place this summer as Strauss faces old rivalries and renewed friendships while speaking of the tense on-field activities. The Sky Sports coverage will be available on the television, pc and mobile devices with the option to watch the ball-by-ball coverage as well as follow Sky’s official Twitter and Facebook feeds. All of these combined will mean you won’t miss a moment of the action and will stay up to date with all the news and drama that unravels around the competition. For more information on subscribing to Sky Sports so that you can be involved with this competition, contact the Sky customer services department and speak with one of their advisors.
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