David Cameron and Ed Milliband wish England luck for the Ashes
The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have joined forces to wish England well for the Ashes series
Last Updated: 10/07/13 7:43am
The first Test against Australia starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge - exclusively live on Sky Sports Ashes HD - with the focus of the nation on Alastair Cook's men.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron said: "Having hosted the ICC Champions Trophy, it is now time for the big one, The Ashes.
"Whether you remember Botham and Willis at Headingley or Kevin Pietersen's defiant stand at the Oval in 2005, nothing captures the public's imagination like a Test match against Australia.
"The nation's got high hopes, we're right behind the team and we're sure they're going to rise to the occasion.
"So, best of luck from everyone at Downing Street to Alastair Cook and the boys."
The Leader of the Opposition, Ed Milliband added: "The Ashes is a special moment for English cricket and it's a particularly special moment when it happens here in England - so I want to wish all the very best of luck to our team.
"I had the privilege, as a seven-year-old in 1977, seeing Geoff Boycott hit his 100th hundred at Headingley - that's how special the Ashes are.
"So good luck to England - I hope you have a great summer."