Everything you need to know ahead of the 2021/22 Ashes series

England’s Ashes tour is under way – we bring you all you need to know about the series, including the schedule, squads and the latest betting odds.

The 2021/22 Ashes series retains its traditional five-Test format but there will be a notable difference to proceedings Down Under.

While the series will open again in Brisbane on December 8, the final Test will not be in Sydney this year - instead Perth is due to stage the potential series decider for the first time since 1994/95.

That said, doubts remain about whether the Western Australia venue will be able to play host to that fifth and final Test due to COVID restrictions.

The series schedule also includes a day-night Test in Adelaide - the same venue which hosted a day-night match in the 2017/18 Ashes.

England's first warm-up match of the tour began on November 23.

Their full 2021/22 Ashes tour itinerary, including UK start times, is as follows:

Nov 23-25 (starts 2330 GMT, Nov 22) - England Lions, Brisbane (three-day tour match)

Nov 30-Dec 3 (2330 GMT, Nov 29) - England Lions, Brisbane (four-day tour match)

Dec 8-12 (0001 GMT, Dec 8) - First Ashes Test, Brisbane

Dec 16-20 (0400 GMT, Dec 16) - Second Ashes Test, Adelaide

Dec 26-30 (2330 GMT, Dec 25) - Third Ashes Test, Melbourne

Jan 5-9 (2330 GMT, Jan 4) - Fourth Ashes Test, Sydney

Jan 14-18 (0230 GMT, Jan 14) - Fifth Ashes Test, Perth

2021/22 Ashes squads

Ben Stokes arrives in Australia Nov21

England have taken an 18-man squad on the Ashes Tour after the late addition of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who made himself available following a break from the game to heal a finger injury and prioritise his mental health.

Joe Root will again captain the side. It will be his third Ashes series as skipper but he is yet to win one.

Australia originally named a 15-man squad for the first two Tests of the series. It included six of the players who helped the Baggy Greens win the recent T20 World Cup in the UAE. However, since that announcement, captain Tim Paine has quit his job and taken a break from the game following revelations concerning an historical "sexting incident". Pat Cummins takes over as skipper. He will be the first fast bowler to captain Australia sicne 1956. The squad will also be updated prior to the first Test.

Australia: Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

England: Joe Root, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Previous Ashes series results

Australia retain the Ashes 2019

Australia are the current holders of the famous Ashes urn, winning it with a 4-0 home series victory in 2017/18 and retaining them thanks to a 2-2 draw in England in 2019 - the first drawn series since 1972.

England's last series victory was on home soil in 2015, while their last success Down Under came in 2010/11. They have failed to win a Test in Australia since, losing nine out of 10, and that remains their only series victory in Australia since 1986/87.

Last 10 Ashes series results

2019 - England 2-2 Australia (1 draw)

2017/18 - Australia 4-0 England (1 draw)

2015 - England 3-2 Australia

2013/14 - Australia 5-0 England

2013 - England 3-0 Australia (2 draws)

2010/11 - Australia 1-3 England (1 draw)

2009 - England 2-1 Australia (2 draws)

2006/07 - Australia 5-0 England

2005 - England 2-1 Australia (2 draws)

2002/03 - Australia 4-1 England

2021/22 Ashes TV and radio coverage

The 2021/22 Ashes series will be televised live in the UK by BT Sport.

Their on-screen line-up is due to include Ashes winners Alastair Cook and Steve Harmison, as well as presenter Matt Smith, although reports have suggested they will not be sending a commentary team to Australia, instead relying on the host broadcaster, Fox Sports.

The BBC will broadcast live radio commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra, via its Test Match Special programme.

2021/22 Ashes betting odds

Australia are hot favourites to win the 2021/22 Ashes series with Planet Sport Bet, who go 2/7 about a home victory.

England are 4/1 to reclaim the urn, with a second successive drawn series chalked up as a 15/2 chance.

2021/22 Ashes form guide

Manyank Agarwal India Pat Cummins Australia Test match Jan21

Largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia have played just four Tests in two years, losing a home series to India which finished back in January.

England have much more recent red-ball experience, contesting 18 Tests across the same time period. However, they come into the Ashes having lost their last three Test series.

Recent results:

Australia

India H 1-2 (1 draw)

England

India H 1-2 (1 draw)

New Zealand H 0-1 (1 draw)

India A 1-3

Sri Lanka A 2-0

Pakistan H 1-0 (2 draws)

West Indies H 2-1