Former England Ashes winning captain Mike Brearley and 2009 Ashes winner Ebony Rainford-Brent preview the first Ashes Test which begins on 8th July in Cardiff in the latest edition of the Lord's Podcast.
Mitchell Marsh scored his second consecutive century, following a David Warner blitz earlier in the day, as Australia piled on a massive 440 runs on day one of their second tour game against Essex in Chelmsford.
Australia have landed and they have their eyes set on back to back Ashes victories. Mitchell Johnson and co wiped out the England batting attack last summer and Betfair Sportsbook have Johnson at 9/2 to continue in the same stride and be leading wicket taker for the series.
The 2015 Ashes contest gets underway on 8th July with England facing Australia in Cardiff, so it's time for the Cricket World team to make their predictions and give you their thoughts ahead of the contest.
England pacer Stuart Broad feels that the elevation of Australian batsman Steven Smith to the number three slot will be an advantage to the hosts during the upcoming Ashes series that begins next month.