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The Ashes returns to Sky at midnight on Thursday November 21st as England look to retain the urn in Australia once again, with the first of the five-Test series starting in Melbourne at the MCG.

Alastair Cook's England have arrived in Australia, looking to secure their fourth series win in a row over Australia, and have started well in their warm-up games for the eagerly anticipated series.

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The captain returned to the side after a back problem to score an unbeaten century. He batted alongside his new opening partner Michael Carberry, who secured his first hundred in an England shirt, against Australia A in Hobart.

Carberry's performance has put pressure on Joe Root's position at the top of the order for the First Test and it may be a relief for the youngster as he is expected to be in line for some rough treatment from Australian supporters, following his fracas with Australian batsmen David Warner in England over the summer.

Once again Australia's preparations for the Ashes have been disrupted, with doubts about the fitness of opening batsman Shane Watson and talismanic captain Michael Clarke, who both have a chequered past with injuries.

After the First Test in Melbourne, the series travels to Adelaide for the Second Test, which begins at midnight on Thursday December 5th UK time, and Perth for the Third Test on Friday December 13th, starting at 2:30am GMT.

It then returns to Melbourne for the famous Boxing Day test, where a capacity crowd is expected for all five days of the encounter, before the Ashes is completed in Sydney from Thursday January 2nd at 11:30pm, which could provide the perfect venue for a deciding encounter between the sides.

Those wanting to catch every minute of the action can take out the Sky Unlimited Broadband, Calls and TV with Sky Sports package, which offers access to 309 channels including 40 premium channels and all six Sky Sports channels.

Customers also receive 16 Mb Sky Broadband Unlimited, Sky Talk Weekends, a free Sky HD+ box and a free Sky Hub, while those signing up online can currently take advantage of half-price Sky TV for six months and receive a £25 M&S voucher.

The Sky Unlimited Broadband, Calls and TV with Sky Sports package costs £29.25 a month for the first six months, and £51 a month thereafter, with monthly Sky Line Rental of £15.40 payable for the duration of the 12-month contract.

People hoping to sign up before the Ashes begins should also be aware that installation usually takes place around six days after the order is placed and processed, so cricket fans need to act fast to avoid missing out.

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