Spartan champion Michael Clarke is confident that the Australian squad is on the right track leading into next week’s first Ashes test in Cardiff.
The Australian captain continues to focus on the team’s preparation, with its second tour match starting today against Essex.
This follows a convincing victory over Kent in its opening tour match.
Clarke to Sky Sports on Monday “There was a lot of positives that came out of the (Kent) game. First thing, we won, and that was really important for us as a team, to get out and get a first win in the UK. Individually guys got what they needed as well. It is a good start and now we have the opportunity to play against Essex, hopefully with the same result.”
The 2015 Ashes tour schedule:
Thu 25 – Sun 28 June 4-day v Kent Canterbury
Wed 1 – Sat 4 July 4-day v Essex Chelmsford
Wed 8 – Sun 12 July 1st Investec Test Match SWALEC, Cardiff
Thu 16 – Mon 20 July 2nd Investec Test Match Lord’s
Thu 23 – Sat 25 July 3-day v Derbyshire 3aaa County Ground, Derby
Wed 29 July – Sun 2 Aug 3rd Investec Test Match Edgbaston
Thu 6 – Mon 10 Aug 4th Investec Test Match Trent Bridge
Fri 14 – Sun 16 Aug 3-day v Northants Northampton
Thu 20 – Mon 24 Aug 5th Investec Test Match Kia Oval
Thu 27 Aug ODI v Ireland Venue tbc
Mon 31 Aug NatWest IT20 SWALEC, Cardiff
Thu 3 Sept 1st Royal London ODI (D/N) Ageas Bowl
Sat 5 Sept 2nd Royal London ODI Lord’s
Tue 8 Sept 3rd Royal London ODI (D/N) Emirates Old Trafford
Fri 11 Sept 4th Royal London ODI Headingley
Sun 13 Sept 5th Royal London ODI Emirates Old Trafford