Former England captain and Ashes-winning hero Sir Ian Botham and Beefeater sent a message to the Aussies ahead of the hotly anticipated Ashes series by beaming a giant projection of cricket legend Beefy on to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
An unusually busy summer for England, including them hosting the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, either side of which was sandwiched a series with New Zealand has kept Ashes talk off the players' minds until now. With the series set to get underway on Wednesday, 10th July, at Trent Bridge, fast bowlers Steven Finn and Stuart Broad took part in a press conference run by sponsors Investic to talk all things Ashes, England and Australia.
Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has today been awarded Australian citizenship, which would allow him to represent Australia in the upcoming Ashes series.
He travelled to the British Isles with the 'A' team last month but currently lies behind Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar in the pecking order ahead of the five-match series.
New Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has wasted no time in sounding a warning to England to expect his team to play an 'aggressive brand of cricket'.
Lehmann, who hit the winning runs in the 1999 World Cup and held the catch to win the final four years later, played much of his international cricket under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, who would doubtless approve of his statement of intent.
Australian Michael Beer is bowled by Chris Tremlett and England claim a first Ashes series win in Australia for 24 years, ending a period in which Australia have been close to unbeatable on home soil.
England dismissed Australia for 281 in their second innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground to win by an innings and 83 runs, in the process clinching a 3-1 series victory.
Cricket TV - An update following England's innings victory in Sydney - their third of the series - which gave them a 3-1 Ashes series win over Australia, their first series win in Australia for 24 years.
England bowled Australia out for 281 in their second innings on the final day of the fifth and final Ashes Test to seal a first series win in Australia for 24 years.
England took the three wickets they required during the morning session to wrap up an innings-and-83 run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
England players, headed by Chris Tremlett, celebrate the wicket of Mitchell Johnson on day four of the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney.
England closed the day requiring three wickets to seal a 3-1 series win, which would be their first series win in Australia since the 1986/7 Ashes campaign.
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has announced he is to retire from Test cricket following the conclusion of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Amid speculation that the Durham player was due to bring an end to his Test career, confirmation came on the morning of the fourth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground that he was indeed set to retire.
Billy Bowden (left) stretches his arm to indicate that Michael Beer, rather than celebrating a maiden Test wicket, has to bowl again on day two of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.
After overstepping, he had had Cook caught out, but the umpire's call offered Cook a reprieve which he would go on to take advantage of on his way to 61 not out.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting will end a run of 73 straight Tests for his country after he was ruled out of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney due to injury.
He played the fourth Test in Melbourne with a fractured finger but an x-ray after the match showed it had worsened and he has been left out of Australia's 12-man squad for the match, which begins on 2nd January.
Cricket TV - We look back at the Melbourne Ashes Test match, which saw England win by an innings and 157 runs to retain the Ashes urn, moving into an unassailable 2-1 series lead with one match still to play.
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is set for a three to four month spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery to repair the stress fracture he picked up during the Ashes Test at Melbourne.
He suffered the injury on the third day of the match, which Australia went on to lose by an innings and 157 runs as England retained the Ashes.
England completed an innings-and-157-run win over Australia on day four of the fourth Ashes Test match in Melbourne to go 2-1 up in the five-match series and therefore retain the Ashes.
Australia resumed the day on 169 for six and with Ryan Harris not due to bat afer fracturing his ankle on day three, England picked up the remaining three wickets for the addition of 89 runs.
Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that fast bowler Ryan Harris is likely to undergo surgery after suffering a stress fracture to his left ankle during the third day's play of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
He was forced to leave the field and a decision on whether he is to return to bat will be made in due course with Australia heading into the final day with four second-innings wickets remaining and still 246 runs behind.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.
He was charged following an incident on day two of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne where he entered into a prolonged discussion with umpire Aleem Dar.
England could not have enjoyed much of a better opening day of the fourth Ashes Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After winning the toss, they dismissed the home side for a mere 98 and went on to close the day on 157 without loss having completely dominated proceedings.