Australian coach Darren Lehmann says he is energized by the chance of facing England for the Ashes again next year and worked down the second-division county opposition dished up for warm-up games.
The biggest Test Match Series in the cricketing world will return to Birmingham in July 2015 after the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the third mate would be wagered in the urban center.
Three of those positions is second division county teams, while Northants are currently lost in class one.
Above 100,000 witnesses are expected to be at Edgbaston across the five days of play between Wednesday 29 July and Sunday 2 August 2015, with many of Birmingham’s hotels, bars and restaurants expected to gain from the substantial number of visitors to the metropolis.
Australia holds a two-test series against the West Indies before heading to England and Lehmann said this would be ideal training.
Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “Edgbaston has a majestic history of hosting Ashes Tests, including the Botham-inspired 29-run victory in 1981 and the ‘Greatest Ever Test’ of 2005 where Freddie Flintoff helped England to a two-run triumph.
Lehmann said in that respect would be changes this year in England later than the experience of Australia’s disappointing tour in 2013.
Trent Bridge in Nottingham will also act as host to one of the Ashes matches.