Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore says his side will show more fight when they take on the West Indies in five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals beginning later this month.
He is very keen for Pakistan to put in an improved showing from the one that saw them limp out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 without so much as winning one match.
In this cricket video interview, former England captain and 1981 Ashes-winning hero Sir Ian Botham talks about his experience of playing Australia. He talks about how they are the most competitive cricketers he has ever played against and how nice a feeling it is to win against them, something England will be trying to emulate when they take on Australia in the 2013 series which gets underway at Trent Bridge on 10th July.
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.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has admitted to spot-fixing and publicly apologised for his involvement in corruption that has seemingly ended his career. He was handed a five-year ban from cricket with five years suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and also served a custodial sentence in England following a conviction for his part in a scheme to bowl no balls to order in 2010.
Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott will be taking their commentary box partnership onto the stage this summer with a series of An Evening With Boycott & Aggers shows.
During the shows, the pair will engage audiences with their Ashes memories and stories from their time working together and there will be guest appearances from the likes of Jeff Thomson, Stephen Fry and many more.
Former England captain David Gower knows a thing or two about Australia, both in terms of how to win Ashes series and what the country has to offer to cricket fans.
The support of the England fans has become a key part of Ashes tours Down Under for touring teams and Gower is urging fans to travel and get behind Alastair Cook's men later this year.
West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle followed up a scoring a century in the opening game of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 with a blistering innings of 88 against Australia in 2009 at The Oval.
During an epic contest with one of the world's fastest bowlers, he came out on top, hitting a number of huge sixes, although Lee eventually got his wicket, as Gayle remembers in this video interview.
Ahead of the start of the Friends Life t20 this week, Somerset captain says that the fast-paced, frenetic nature of the game is like '20 overs of explosions'.
He helped Somerset lift the trophy in 2005 but despite three further visits to the final, they are still searching for a repeat victory, something which is hopeful of putting right this year.
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.
Najam Sethi was appointed as interim chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board earlier this month and one of his first goals is to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir to play international cricket again. Amir is has served more than half of a five-year ban imposed by the ICC and has already served a custodial sentence in England for his part in the spot-fixing controversy in 2010.