England and Australia will renew hostilities in the eagerly-awaited Ashes series, as the first Test gets underway later today at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The city's economy will benefit by around £35 million from hosting the event, according to predictions from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC).
– George Cowcher, Chief Executive, DNCC
We will hopefully have a capacity crowd for the whole of the match. A lot of those people who have travelled in will be staying using our hotels, using our restaurants and hopefully doing a bit of shopping. There will be serious media attention and that is going to stimulate more people to come and have a look at Nottingham and the East Midlands as a whole.
The Ashes facts:
- Australia are marginally the more successful team in terms of series wins, with England just one behind. Australia have won 31, England 30.
- There has been five draws between the two sides, the last being in 1972. If it is a draw this year, England will retain the urn after winning the last series in 2010/11.
- England have won the last two series on home soil with a scoreline of 2-1.
- Australia's Shane Warne holds the record for the number of wickets between the two teams with 195.
- Back in 2005, England won the Ashes by two runs here in the Midlands, at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
- 766 is the number of runs England opener and now captain Alastair Cook made in the five Tests when the teams last met in Australia.
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