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Great news for cricket fans - Sky Sports is launching a dedicated channel in time for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Sky Sports Ashes HD will provide coverage of all men’s, women’s and youth matches this summer, offering 63 days of action between June 30th and August 31st.

The channel - available at no extra cost to Sky Sports subscribers - will also screen live county fixtures, highlights and various support shows.

But without a doubt, the centrepiece of Sky's cricket coverage in 2013 will be the five-Test series between Alastair Cook's men and the Australian tourists.

The action gets underway at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 10th, with Lord's, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street and The Oval the other venues.

This will be the eighth Ashes contest to be shown exclusively live by Sky Sports, with the usual band of England legends occupying the commentary box.

Recently-retired captain Andrew Strauss will join the likes of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd on microphone duty.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said there has "never been a better time to be a Sky Sports subscriber", with the firm's six channels offering more than ever before. 

"The Ashes series is a key part of the biggest summer of sport we’ve ever had and with The British & Irish Lions Tour, back-to-back Ashes, every F1 race and our biggest ever football season, there really is something for everyone," he stated.

“With Sky Sports Ashes HD, it couldn’t be easier for viewers to enjoy their live cricket. The channel will be the home of televised cricket for the summer with an unrivalled schedule."

Mr Francis noted that Sky Sports is also pleased to continue its commitment to women’s cricket, with live coverage of all three T20 internationals between England and Australia.

He said these games were sure to provide an exciting conclusion to the Women’s Ashes - to be contested through the Test and limited overs forms for the first time - in August.

As well as tuning in to Sky Sports Ashes HD on their TV sets, cricket fans will be able to enjoy coverage on their PCs, laptops and tablets via the Sky Go service.

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