The Ashes - First Test

Cricket

The Ashes is one of the most celebrated rivalries in international sport.  The England cricket team won both the 2009 and 2010-11 Ashes series, so will be looking to win this year to retain the Ashes for the third year running.

Considered one of the best grounds in the world to watch cricket, Trent Bridge is the world's third oldest major cricket ground. With a capacity of over 17,000 there will be large crowds turning out between 10-14 July to watch the First Test of the 2013 Ashes series.

England and Australia last met here in 2005, and England won by three wickets in the 4th Test to take a 2-1 series lead. Following this victory they went on to regain the Ashes for the first time since 1985-86.

The weather has a huge impact on cricket. To learn more look out for our weather infographics, and keep an eye on the forecast below to see how play may be affected.

30.6 °C is the highest recorded temperature at Trent Bridge during an Ashes series, this was during the fifth test of the 1997 series. The wettest day at Trent bridge was during the opening test match of the 1930 series, when 17mm of rain fell.

Forecast

10-14 July - Check the weather forecast for Trent Bridge Cricket Ground before heading to Nottinghamshire to watch the First Test of the 2013 Ashes series.

The Ashes is a test cricket series played biennially, alternating between cricket grounds in Australia and England. Named after a satirical obituary that commemorated the 'death of cricket' following Australia's first victory over England on English soil, The Ashes has been played regularly since 1882. The England and Australia Cricket teams will face each other at Trent Bridge for the First Test of the sixty-seventh Ashes series.

Of the sixty-six series played Australia have won 31, England 30, while the other five have been drawn. The highest innings score ever reached in an Ashes test match was 903 for 7 in 1983, when English batsman Sir Leonard (Len) Hutton batted for more than 13 hours, helping England win the match by 579 runs. During this test Sir Len Hutton scored 364 runs, the most any batsman in the Ashes series has ever achieved.

Visit our  YouTube Channel to watch the latest forecast for the first Ashes test match at Trent Bridge.

For more information about Trent Bridge Cricket Ground visit the official Trent Bridge website.

For more information on The Ashes and England's 2013 cricket team, check the official England and Wales Cricket Board Website