England against Australia is one of the most celebrated rivalries in international sport, as the latest Ashes test between the two teams has proved.
Over the next seven months this sporting rivalry will be taken to a new level with the two teams locking horns a total of 25 times in Test, ODI and T20 cricket.
To celebrate this, leading sports performance brand ASICS has released a short video featuring two players who will play key roles in the battles to come.
The two minute video explores what it means to pull on your shirt against the old enemy, how the historic rivalry shapes every cricketers childhood dreams, why performing against your greatest rivals can make or break you as a player and the physical differences taking on your fiercest rivals has on players.
Having played in two previous Ashes series, Australian opener Shane Watson knows more than most what it means,
“It’s as simple as us Aussies hate losing to the Poms. It runs so deep, deeper than I could ever imagine. That gives you that extra edge to your performance.”