Australia have announced this winter’s Ashes schedule but the prospect of England fans making the trip remains shrouded in uncertainty.
England’s men are scheduled start their quest to regain the urn on December 8 at the Gabba – the Brisbane stronghold where the hosts boasted a 32-year-old undefeated streak until India’s famous win in January – and conclude in Perth on January 18.
That match will be the first Ashes Test to take place at the Optus Stadium, replacing the historic WACA.
Australia hold the Ashes after their 2-2 draw in 2019 ensured they retained the famous urn.
The second Test will be a day/night affair in Adelaide from December 16, a repeat of the 2017 programme Down Under, with the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests taking place in Melbourne and Sydney as usual.
The five-match series will be wrapped up in just six weeks, with England’s warm-up schedule to be confirmed.
The dates for the Women’s Ashes have also been released.
Men’s Ashes 2021-22 dates
1st Test – Dec 8-12, Brisbane.
2nd Test – Dec 16-20, Adelaide (d/n)
3rd Test – Dec 26-30, Melbourne
4th Test – Jan 5-9, Sydney
5th Test – Jan 14-18, Perth.
Women’s Ashes 2022 dates
Test – Jan 27-30, Canberra
T20 series – Feb 4-10, Sydney/Adelaide
ODI series – Feb 13-19, Adelaide/Melbourne
Will England fans be allowed to travel to Australia for the Ashes?
This is the key question on the lips of fans - whether coronavirus restrictions will allow them to travel or if a long winter of overnight television viewing beckons.
Australia has been relatively lightly affected by the pandemic, partly due to strict border controls, and there have been suggestions from the government that measures will remain until well into 2022.
Nick Hockley, interim chief executive of Cricket Australia, said: “The lessons learned from successfully delivering a safe summer in 20-21 gives us confidence on what we’re able to achieve, and we’re all hoping for a summer of full crowds and an Ashes atmosphere we’re all accustomed to.
“In a perfect world, we would welcome England fans back to these shores for a summer of singing and sportsmanship. Of course, we will be guided by the Australian government on all things related to international travel.”
When do Ashes tickets go on sale? How to buy tickets
Tickets are only available for people in Australia at the moment, due to potential travel restrictions.
Tickets for Ashes 2021-22 will be available for sale for general public on July 5. Fans can book their tickets for the iconic series by clicking here and following general steps involved to complete any online transaction.
However, members of the ACF (Australian Cricket Family) will have priority access to the tickets from as early as June 30. Click here for details.
The very first chance to secure seats is for interstate travel options via Cricket Australia's Travel Office (CATO). The CATO packages are available now.