The first test match of the 2015 Ashes series will kick off between England and Australia at Cardiff today. Alastair Cook, England’s highest run scorer, will lead his relatively young English side. Michael Clarke, all of 34 and at the twilight of his illustrious career, will lead Australia once again.

For Australia, fast bowler Ryan Harris, who was selected in the squad as one of the strike bowlers, got injured before the series and announced his retirement immediately. Pat Cummins has been summoned in his place.

Here are 10 things you must know about the 2015 Ashes series:

  1. Australia has not won an Ashes series in England for 14 years, when they won 4-1 in 2001. They lost in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
  2. Cook is currently on exactly 9000 test runs, with 27 hundreds to his name. He is not yet 31 years of age.
  3. Before the New Zealand series, Cook had gone more than 35 innings and two years without a test century (since 2013).
  4. Australia won the last Ashes (2013) between these two teams 5-0, months after losing 3-0 in England.
  5. Out of 320 Ashes tests between the two teams, Australia have won 128 to England’s 103 tests. 89 have been drawn.
  6. The highest wicket taker in Ashes history, Shane Warne (195), will be a commentator during the series.
  7. Only 6 of England’s players from the team that lost 5-0 down under in 2013 will play in this 2015 squad. 
  8. Smith and Root are among the top 5 run scorers in tests over the last two years. 
  9. Johnson, who took a record 37 wickets in the last series, is back with his ‘Ashes moustache’.
  10. This will be Trevor Bayliss’ first Ashes as England coach. Formerly a NSW and Sri Lankan national coach, Bayliss has spent most of his time nurturing young Australian players over the years.