Sky have confirmed since the initial publication of this article that they have extended their cricket deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board until 2019 ensuring that Sky Sports viewers can enjoy a further two years of BAFTA award winning coverage that includes test matches, internationals, county matches and more. Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, commented: “We're passionate about our commitment to the game, including the men and women’s England teams and the county set up, and we're delighted to extend our partnership with the ECB. Since 2006, our viewers have enjoyed the incredible successes of the England team, including three Ashes victories, winning the ICC World Twenty20 and becoming the No 1 Test team in the world. We look forward to continuing the partnership until at least 2019." You'll be able to enjoy all the action from the comfort of your smartphone with the Sky Q and Sky Sports Live applications for Android and iOS. What follows is the original article. For all you enthusiastic cricket fans out there, good news! Sky is making the decision to turn its ever popular Sky Sports 2 channel into a channel specifically for coverage of all the cricket this summer. This will provide action from the best of this summers cricket, from women, and men and even youth matches, as well of course this summer’s Ashes match. This cricket extravaganza will start on the 30th June and will go on to the very end of August on the 31st. As well as showing all minor country fixtures, home fixtures, support fixtures and other cricket goings on the main feature will of course be of the annual Ashes match between England and Australia. The Ashes has been played since 1882, and has gathered a momentous following since then, with one of the most celebratory and extravagant rivalries in international sport. It is played in both England and Australia alternatively, with on average around 18 and 30 months between each event. 5 test matches make up ‘The Ashes’ with it often going on for days and days. If there were to be a tie in the match, then the winners from the previous ashes will hold on to the title. As it stands, England are the current trophy holder after winning both the 2009 and 2010/11 series, so the series this summer is sure to be an event not to miss to see if we can maintain our reign!
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