The Ashes - First Test

Cricket is a sport heavily impacted by weather conditions

Previously known as Sophia Gardens, the SSC SWALEC was named earlier this year for sponsorship reasons.

The venue has hosted international cricket since May 1999 where the 1999 Cricket World Cup was played.

SWALEC hosted its first of the Ashes on 8 July 2009 as the opening Test match, making it the 100th Test match Venue.

Forecast

8 - 12 July - Check the weather forecast for the SSC SWALEC Ground before heading to Cardiff to watch the First Test of the 2015 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 in Cardiff for the First Test of the sixty-eighth test series.

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 in Cardiff.

For more information about SSC SWALEC Ground visit the the official SWALEC website

For more information on The Ashes and England's 2015 cricket team, check the official England and Wales Cricket Board Website