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England team arrives in Australia for Ashes series

England's cricket team, led by captain Andrew Flintoff arrived in Sydney or a three-month, five-Test Ashes tour.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2006 11:34 IST

England's cricket team, led by captain Andrew Flintoff, was met by a small group of fans when it arrived early today for a three-month, five-Test Ashes tour against Australia.

The squad of 16 players and 10 support staff left via a side exit at Kingsford-Smith Airport at 2130 GMT and boarded a bus for the team hotel.

About 30 fans, including a small dedicated group bearing Barmy Army T-shirts and waving St George flags, met the group and cheered as the players boarded the bus.

England officially starts its Ashes tour on Friday with a one-day match against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra. The first Test against Australia will be played in Brisbane beginning November 23.

The visitors will be trying to retain the Ashes trophy they reclaimed in England last year for the first time since 1989.

They will also play in a triangular one-day tournament with Australia and New Zealand after the fifth Test ends on Jan.

First Published: Nov 05, 2006 11:34 IST