The five-match Ashes series begins in Birmingham on Friday with Lord’s, Leeds, Manchester and The Oval hosting the remaining matches.
Protesters stopped traffic near The Oval on Monday and had to be cleared by police before the Australian team could reach the venue for training
India batting great Sachin Tendulkar reckons the spin-friendly Oval pitch will make India a confident side and their tweakers could become doubly dangerous if they are able to get “that drift” and make the ball talk in the air
Australia's Ricky Ponting, India's Ravi Shastri, Pakistan's Wasim Akram, England's Ian Bell and New Zealand's Ross Taylor sat down ahead of the showpiece Final in London to speak about the one-off Test
The WTC final and Ashes series are taking place amid fears the future of the long-format game could be threatened by the growth of global franchise Twenty20 cricket, with top players set to be offered year-round contracts across multiple leagues
It remains unusual that a schedule has not been announced for the 50-over showpiece event expected to be held in October-November
"We're optimistic with what Dave's got left, we’ve picked him in the squad and we feel he’ll play a really big part in the Ashes and the World Test Championship," McDonald told Australian radio station SEN
Cricket Australia have announced the international fixtures for their men's and women's teams for the 2023-24 home summer.
Rahul was ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season and the WTC final after tearing a tendon in his right leg while fielding for the Lucknow Super Giants