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The Ashes 2013/14: The Complete Stadium Guide

4317688791 e17e09f4a0 The Ashes 2013/14: The Complete Stadium GuideWith the Ashes 2013/14 creeping onto the horizon, you may be starting to think about using the matches as an excuse to take an extended holiday in Australia, and visit the country by following the Ashes Test matches for six weeks from the end of November to the first week of January. Australia is a country to be reckoned with though in terms of size. It’s almost twice the size of the European Union, and even just the state of Queensland is almost 7 times the size of the British Isles. So to help you start thinking about your flights to Australia and how to travel once you’re there, not to mention the famous stadiums which will play host to the Tests, here’s a handy guide to touring Australia with the Ashes.

First Test – Brisbane: 21 – 25th November

 

Start your trip by flying out of Heathrow on the 18thNovember. You’ll arrive in Brisbane 24 hours later, so you’ll want some time to recover from the jet lag before the First Test match.

 

Brisbane’s cricket ground is known as The Gabba and is named after the very Australian-sounding suburb in which it is located, Wooloongabba. It has a seating capacity of 42,000 and the stadium plays host to a variety of sports, such as rugby league, rugby union, greyhound racing and Australian football. The stadium is famous for hosting several football matches in Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games.

Second Test – Adelaide: 5th – 9th December

 

You’ve got 10 days in between the First and Second Test, so break up the 22-hour drive by visiting places along the famous Great Ocean Road through New South Wales into South Australia.

 

The Adelaide Oval is perhaps the most famous of Australia’s cricket stadiums. It is considered to be the most picturesque Test grounds in the world – and some would argue in the world. The stadium is currently undergoing a redevelopment initiative to increase seating capacity from around 36,000 to over 50,000, and by the time it hosts the Second Test, the Southern Stand and Southern Plaza should be complete.

Third Test – Perth: 13 – 17th December

 

With only 4 days between Tests, take an internal flight between Adelaide and Perth to avoid a road trip of almost 2,000km.

 

The Western Australia Cricket Association stadium, or the WACA, is Perth’s premiere cricket ground and will play host to the Ashes from the 13th to the 17th December. The WACA is regarded as being one of the quickest and bounciest pitches in the world, which when teamed with the gentle sea breeze that the stadium benefits from, makes for batsman’s paradise. In fact, four of the seven fastest Test centuries had been scored at the WACA.

Fourth Test – Melbourne: 26th – 30th December

 

Perth is on the opposite side of the country to most of Australia’s big cities, so you’ll probably want to take another internal flight to get to Melbourne, where you will have 9 days to take it easy and enjoy the festive period. You can easily search for flights to australia with CheapFlights.co.uk

 

Melbourne Cricket Ground welcomes the Ashes just after Christmas – and what a way to spend Boxing Day! The MCG is the biggest stadium in Australia and the largest stadium to host cricket events – so this really promises to be a unique experience! Enjoy four days of great sport here before flying to Sydney in time for New Year’s Eve.

Fifth Test – Sydney: 3 – 7th January

 

Fly to Sydney on the 31st December to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour – arguably one of the most famous New Year’s celebrations on the planet.

 

By the 3rd of January you’ll have had just enough time to recover from New Year’s Eve to enjoy the last Test of the Ashes.  The Sydney Cricket Ground, or the SCG, was built in 1886 and currently has a 47,000 capacity. The SCG hosts both Test cricket matches and Twenty20 cricket, and is regarded as Sydney’s best venue for cricket. During the last ashes series in Australia, England had already clinched victory before the last test but hopefully the 2013/14 series will do down to the wire.

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Ursula Jones is a travel writer and a big cricket fan who has spent several years travelling the world. She currently writes for CheapFlights.

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