Australian captain Michael Clarke has called on as many Aussie cricket fans as possible to support the team when they head to England next year to defend the Ashes.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced the program for the 2015 Ashes Series, with the campaign getting underway with the first Test on 8 July at Cardiff.

Clarke said the support the team received at home during the most recent series was like having an extra man on the field and he hoped plenty of Australian fans would make the trek to the old dart next year.

“Last summer at home the crowds got right behind us and it really spurred us on,” Clarke said.

“All the boys were talking about the amazing crowd support and how incredible it was to play in front of packed houses around the country.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to have so many people behind us. To capture some of that support and have as much green and gold at grounds across the UK next year when we are playing on foreign soil would be a major bonus.

“We know there are plenty of Australians in the UK and for those that might be considering making the long journey, the efforts will certainly be appreciated by the team.

“In return for the support, we’re determined to play attacking and entertaining cricket,” the captain said.

The Cricket Australia Travel Office (CATO) is currently putting together a range of travel products for the 2015 Ashes Series. These packages and tours will be available soon and those interested are encouraged to register now at to ensure they are kept up to date. All of CATO’s tickets are sourced directly from the ECB.

The first Test will be quickly followed by the second Test at Lord’s starting on Thursday 16 July before a short break.

The third Test at Edgbaston starting on 29 July will be back-to-back with the fourth Test at Trent Bridge before the series concludes at The Oval on 20 August.

There will be ticket and accommodation packages available through CATO for all Tests plus an extensive range of fully escorted tours, taking in two Tests per tour and featuring some of the most popular destinations in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Australia will also play four tour matches, with two before the first Test, one before the third Test and another ahead of the fourth Test.

The tour will conclude with an ODI against Ireland, then one T20 and a five-match ODI Series against England before the tour group heads home on Monday 14 September, ending a three month campaign.

Channel Nine has the Australian television rights for the series, while the ECB is yet to confirm radio rights.