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Wednesday 23 Apr 2014

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The Ashes on Test Match Special

The oldest and most keenly fought rivalry in cricket – the Ashes, resumes this winter and you can catch every ball on Test Match Special.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and bbc.co.uk/sport (for UK users) will host ball-by-ball commentary starting in Brisbane on November 25 with coverage of all five Tests running through to January 7 2011. After the Ashes you can also hear commentary of England's International Twenty20 and One Day International matches in a hugely busy winter tour.

Ashes holders England will travel to Australia with confidence after a strong summer where they won all five of the series they played defeating Bangladesh, Pakistan and Australia. England are hoping to return home from down under with the Ashes for the first time since 1986/87.

The Test Match Special commentary team will include regulars Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott who will also present the daily Close Of Play podcast (downloadable from the 5 Live website after the close of play).

England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan will be part of the commentary team alongside Christopher Martin Jenkins, Simon Mann, Jim Maxwell and Vic Marks with contributions from "the analyst" Simon Hughes.

Former Australian opener Michael Slater joins the TMS team for the first time for the tests in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney with ex-Aussie captain Ian Chappell completing the team in Adelaide and Melbourne.

For those who cannot stay up to catch all the action live you'll be able to hear all the highlights plus a comprehensive review on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra shortly after each day's play.

Radio 5 Live's coverage will be led by Mark Pougatch who will provide up-to-the-minute updates as well as all the latest Ashes news and reaction throughout 5 Live Breakfast. Mark will be joined by the likes of former England captains Alec Stewart and Mark Butcher for expert analysis plus build-up during the Tony Livesey and Stephen Nolan programmes.

To whet your appetite before the start of the Series, 5 Live Sport will look at Great Ashes Characters on Thursday 28 October and a special Ashes send-off programme will wish the team good luck with very special guests on 5 Live Sport during the programme on Tuesday 16 November.

Phil Tufnell will host special Ashes editions of his 5 Live Sport Cricket Show throughout the series.

Following the Ashes, Test Match Special will also have ball-by-ball commentary of England's one day series with the commentary team including Simon Mann, Jim Maxwell and Michael Vaughan with updates on Radio 5 Live with Alison Mitchell.

You can get in touch with the programme by e-mailing tms@bbc.co.uk or texting 84040.

You can also access the BBC Ashes Archive for some famous historical moments from the past, as described by TMS.

Notes to Editors

You can listen to the Ashes on:

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (on DAB digital radio) – Digital Satellite channel 0144, Freeview channel 706, Cable TV channel 864 or 908

BBC Radio 4 Long Wave – Analogue radio on 198 LW, Digital Satellite channel 0143

bbc.co.uk/sport (for UK users)

The Close Of Play podcast can be downloaded at bbc.co.uk/5live.

Test Match Special Ashes schedule on Radio 5 Live sports extra and Radio 4 Long Wave:

Wednesday 24 November/Thursday, 25 November 2010
Test Match Series
First Test Match
Australia v England, Brisbane
Coverage commences on 5 Live Sports Extra from 11.30pm with commentary at midnight

Friday, 03 December 2010
Test Match Series
Second Test Match
Australia v England, Adelaide
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverage starts at 11.30pm with commentary from midnight

Thursday, 16 December 2010
Test Match Series
Third Test Match
Australia v England, Perth
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverage starts at 2am with commentary from 2.30am

Saturday, 25 December 2010
Test Match Series
Fourth Test Match
Australia v England, Melbourne
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverage starts at 11pm commentary is on from 11.30pm

Sunday, 02 January 2011
Test Match Series
Fifth Test Match
Australia v England, Sydney
Coverage on 5 Live Sports Extra starts at 11pm with commentary at 11.30pm

On Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and Radio 4 Long Wave:

International Twenty20 Series
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Australia v England, Adelaide, 8:35am

Friday, 14 January 2011
International Twenty20 Series
Australia v England, Melbourne, 8:35am

Sunday, 16 January 2011
One Day International Series
First One Day International
Australia v England, Melbourne, 3:20am

Friday, 21 January 2011
One Day International Series
Second One Day International
Australia v England, Hobart, 3:20am

Sunday, 23 January 2011
One Day International Series
Third One Day International
Australia v England, Sydney, 3:20am

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
One Day International Series
Fourth One Day International
Australia v England, Adelaide, 3:20am

Sunday, 30 January 2011
One Day International Series
Fifth One Day International
Australia v England, Brisbane, 3:20am

Wednesday, 02 February 2011
One Day International Series
Sixth One Day International
Australia v England, Sydney, 3:20am

Sunday, 06 February 2011
One Day International Series
Seventh One Day International
Australia v England, Perth, 3:20am

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