The domestic football season is all but over, airline staff are striking and the last ever series of Big Brother (finally!) is almost upon us. This can mean only one thing – summer is here.
While in England there are many eccentric elements that make up our favourite yet shortest season of the year – such as motorway tailbacks on bank holidays, legions of charred sausages on amateur barbecues and sweaty armpits on the tube – there is only one sport that is truly synonymous with this time of year: cricket.
England’s boys did the nation proud on Sunday by handing the Aussies a lesson in keeping your nerve and letting the talent shine through as they lifted their first ever international tournament trophy – the ICC World Twenty20 – hopefully paving the way for their footballing counterparts to match their achievements in South Africa.
But there’s no rest for the professional sportsman these days and Paul Collingwood and his merry band of sloggers will be returning toute suite to Blighty to get stuck into some more opposition, albeit in longer forms of the game.
First up, England play Bangladesh in the first nPower test of their two match series at the home of cricket – Lord’s. The test starts on May 27 and is scheduled to finish on May 31 with tickets still available for all five days, from the very reasonable price of £35. The second test takes place at Old Trafford in Manchester from 4- 8 June with tickets available from the bargain basement price of £19.
If 50-over cricket is more your cup of tea then England will be facing the old enemy Australia in a series of five ODIs in June with the roadshow travelling to London Manchester and Cardiff. Tickets to see the Aussies get another hammering are available from £72.
There is also a neutral test taking place at Lord’s this year when Pakistan face Ricky Ponting’s Australians in July with tickets starting from just £45 before Pakistan move into a four test series with England in August and an ODI series in September.
And then there’s The Ashes in Australia. Starting in November with the first test at The Gabba in Brisbane, England will begin their defence of the little urn against their mightiest opponents and their bitterest rivals. Why not plan the trip of a lifetime Down Under and see if our boys can write history?
So if you yearn for the sound of leather on willow or maybe just that of Aussies weeping into their Fosters, then visit tixdaq.com for all your cricket tickets.