Australia's 2015 Ashes tour fixtures released

Australia's campaign to win their first away Ashes series in 14 years and four attempts will again begin in Cardiff, after England confirmed the fixtures for mid-next year.

The schedule unveiled for Ashes holder Australia for next year's tour is remarkably similar to what they encountered on last year's visit to England.

The main change is the reinstatement of Cardiff's Sophia Gardens and Birmingham's Edgbaston as Test venues, in place of Durham's Chester-le-Street and Manchester's Old Trafford.

Australia's tour will, like last time, begin with two four-day matches, starting on June 25 against Kent in Canterbury, and then on July 1 against Essex, the county of England captain Alastair Cook, in Chelmsford.

Lord's and The Oval in London will continue to host, respectively, the second and fifth Tests of the series. Trent Bridge in Nottingham, where last year's series began, will host the fourth Test, immediately after Edgbaston's.

The mid-series tour matches for Australia will again be a three-dayer after the second Test, this time against Derbyshire in Derby, although the match preceding the last Test has been expanded from a two-dayer to a three-dayer, against Northants in Northampton.

The timing for next year's tour is almost identical to the last, as the total duration of 48 days from the first to last Tests is just one more than last year.

After the Tests, Australia will play a one-dayer against Ireland, a Twenty20 international against England back in Cardiff and then a five-match one-day series.

England's Ashes series against Australia will be preceded by a series against New Zealand consisting of two Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international.

June 25-28: Four-day match v Kent in Canterbury.
July 1-4: Four-day match v Essex in Chelmsford.
July 8-12: 1st Test v England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
July 16-20: 2nd Test v England at Lord's, London.
July 23-25: Three-day match v Derbyshire in Derby.
July 29-August 2: 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
August 6-10: 4th Test v England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
August 14-16: Three-day match v Northants in Northampton.
August 20-24: 5th Test v England at The Oval, London.
August 27: ODI v Ireland (venue TBC).
Aug 31: T20I v England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
September 3: 1st ODI v England at Rose Bowl, Southampton (D/N).
September 5: 2nd ODI v England at Lord's, London.
September 8: 3rd ODI v England at Old Trafford, Manchester (D/N).
September 11: 4th ODI v England at Headingley, Leeds.
September 13: 5th ODI v England at Old Trafford, Manchester.

This story Australia's 2015 Ashes tour fixtures released first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.