Countdown to the (2006) Ashes begins

If you thought the build-up to this summer’s Ashes series was arduous, look away now: the dates have been announced for the 2006 series, in Australia, and the clocks are ticking. Oh yes – it’s coming, guys and girls. Under a year to go until the battle resumes, until the Ashes are relit, until the….well, I won’t bore you with any more cliches.