JOE ROOT’s team will be looking to retain the Ashes urn over the next five tests against the Aussies.
England enjoyed a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will have to adapt to Australian conditions to win again on the other side of the world.
What is the Kookaburra ball and how is it different to the English Dukes ball?
The Dukes ball, which was first made in 1760 is crafted by hand, whereas the Kookaburra is machine made.
It is single-stitched, meaning it wears down faster than the double-stitching on the English ball, which gives batsmen a softer target to hit.
When that shine is beaten out of it by rough Aussie terrains, one side of the ball becomes rough.
A rigid ball can catch batsmen out by swinging in the air at the last second before connection with the ball.
If England bowl first, they’ll need to make use of the first 15 overs aiming for wickets with the ball when it is extra firm.
When is the 2017-18 Ashes?
The opening Test starts on Thursday, November 23 at 12am GMT in the UK.
That Test concludes the following Monday, November 27.
Here is the full test schedule:
England’s Ashes Test schedule
Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – midnight
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)
Times in GMT
Where can I watch the 2017-18 Ashes?
For the first time the Ashes are being shown exclusively on BT Sport.
BT secured the rights after Sky Sports had held them for years.
Coverage of all the Tests and ODIs will be live on British TV.
Where can I see the highlights of the Ashes?
Highlights of the 2017-18 series will be shown for FREE.
At 7pm after game day, highlights are uploaded for all to watch.
If you’ve missed out from past days, all action from the series is on BT’s Ashes hub.