The Ashes series have seen a major change from the past few years and there is plenty of hope for the future, with a series that has been one of the most closely watched in the world to start.
Here are the key things to watch for in this Ashes series.
Test: England v New Zealand (Day Two) The first Test in England’s three-Test series with New Zealand is on Wednesday at the new Westpac Stadium in Auckland.
England have won all three matches and will be looking to secure a series victory for the first time since 2012 when they beat New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s.
England are hoping that the series could be a stepping stone towards a successful World Cup bid.
New Zealand have been ranked the top team in the top-four for the past two years but have struggled in the last few years.
They lost the last Test against Australia in 2013 and have never won the series.
The teams have played two Tests each and will play one each on Wednesday and Thursday.
England will hope that they can play a game that is competitive with their World Cup opponents.
Test series: New Zealand v Australia (Day One) The two-Test New Zealand series will kick off on Wednesday.
The hosts will take on the defending champions Australia at Christchurch Stadium.
New York-born skipper Matthew Wade is hoping to break his duck for the Test century for New Zealand and he has put the final nail in the coffin with his century in Wellington in 2015.
The team have lost just once in eight matches against the Wallabies this season.
Australia have won their last four matches against New Zealand but have failed to win at any of their other venues.
England’s hopes of securing a series win for the very first time in their history have been dashed in Wellington.
New South Wales are favourites for a second straight Test series win but there is some doubt about whether New Zealand can handle the pressure of a Test series in their home territory.
Australia’s tour of New Zealand, which begins on Thursday, will be a crucial test for the sides hopes of a second successive Test series victory.
Tests: New England v England (Day Three) The third Test in New England’s five-Test international series will be played on Friday.
England travel to the home of New South Welsh, with New England having lost all four of their matches in their two-match series with the province.
The England skipper Joe Root has a hat-trick to his name and is looking to put his country in the World Cup final.
It is England’s fourth Test series loss in the past five years.
It will be Australia’s first home Test defeat since 2012.
Australia will look to build on their win in Auckland and take the series to their rivals.
Test Series: New South West v England: Sunday 2 June (Auckland)