Rock-hard pitches, baking hot weather and sharp-tongued Aussie crowds make it the ultimate challenge in world cricket for Joe Root and Co, while the 11-hour time difference, dark nights of winter and lingering fear that yet another English batting collapse could tumble at any moment make following the series live a testing prospect for fans back home.
While we can’t do anything to improve England’s chances of a first victory in 10 years, we can at least make things easier for you to keep up to date with all the goings on in Australia.
Sign up here to receive i‘s “Inside the Ashes” newsletter from our man Down Under, Chris Stocks. Landing in your inbox every morning throughout the series, Chris will keep you abreast of all the latest news and reaction, from the first Test to the last, on what will be his fourth tour.
On top of that we’ll have insight from our team of writers back in the UK – including chief sports correspondent Kevin Garside, sports reporter Kat Lucas, and chief football writer Daniel Storey (who will be occasionally moonlighting from his day job to report on his other great sporting passion).
Packed with useful info like the latest score, quotes of the day and analysis of all the key performances, there really will be no need for you to stay up throughout the night.