England get set

England take on Essex on Sunday in their last outing before tackling Australia - and you can watch all the action on our cricket-dedicated channel, Sky Sports Ashes HD!

Last Updated: 29/06/13 at 12:11 Post Comment

Our cameras and pundits will be at Chelmsford to bring you all of the action as Alastair Cook's men hone their preparations for this summer's Ashes series, which gets underway on July 10.

Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky Sports 2 will automatically be transformed into Sky Sports Ashes HD and Sky Sports Ashes at 6am on 30 June and viewers will not have to do anything.

From that point the channel will offer 63 days of action between June 30 and August 31, including exclusively live ball-by-ball coverage of the Investec Ashes.

Fittingly, the first programme aired profiles a true cricketing icon - Sir Don Bradman - while once the day one action at Chelmsford is done and dusted, you'll be able to watch live coverage of the Tri-Nation Tournament clash between West Indies and India from Sabina Park.

Looking ahead to the launch of Sky Sports Ashes HD, England legend and Sky Sports pundit Sir Ian Botham said: "This is wall to wall cricket, on one channel, for the key months of the summer. The Ashes is the pinnacle of Test cricket and when it comes to television, cricket fans have never had it so good. Bring it on."

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, added: "There has never been a better time to be a Sky Sports subscriber, our six channels are 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.

"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.

"We're also pleased to continue our commitment to women's cricket with live coverage of all three T20 internationals between England and Australia. I'm sure these will provide an exciting conclusion to the Women's Ashes in August."

Cricket coverage on Sky Sports is available on TV, PC and on the move via mobile and tablet devices, thanks to Sky Go.

Sky Sports will also launch an enhanced Ashes experience within the Sky Sports for iPad and via the Ashes Event Centre on skysports.com, providing users with even more viewing options, data and insight throughout the series.

Sky Sports News HD will provide daily reports, views and analysis throughout the Ashes while skysports.com, the UK's leading commercial sports website, will offer visitors all the latest news, video and match coverage.

Can't wait for the Ashes to start? Then check out some of the great content already available on skysports.com, including our vote to find the Greatest Ashes Moment. Simply click here for more.

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