Ben Stokes and Heather Knight projected onto London's Tower Bridge
England Cricket captains unite! Ben Stokes and Heather Knight projected onto London’s iconic Tower Bridge with men’s and women’s Ashes set to be played concurrently this summer
- Ben Stokes and Heather Knight have been projected onto the Tower of London
- It comes ahead of a historic double Ashes summer with both sides in action
- Knight said she was hoping both sides could claim a historic double victory
England Cricket captains Ben Stokes and Heather Knight were projected standing side-by-side onto London’s Tower Bridge on Wednesday night.
It comes ahead of what will be a historic home double Ashes series this summer, with the pair symbolically uniting on the iconic monument as both the LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes and Metro Bank Women’s Ashes competitions will run side-by-side this summer.
And it certainly is set to be an awesome summer of cricket, with both sides set to take on Australia at the nation’s best cricket stadiums in front of record-breaking crowds.
Stokes’ side will get their series underway at Edgbaston on June 16 while Knight’s team will kick off against Australia in a five-day test at Trent Bridge on June 22.
Speaking on the upcoming summer of cricket, Stokes said: ‘The Ashes is one of the biggest and best rivalries in sport and it’s something that every cricketer wants to play in.
England cricket captains Ben Stokes and Heather Knight were projected onto the Tower of London tonight ahead of their double Ashes series that will run side-by-side
Knight (left) and Stokes (right) will lead out both England Women’s and Men’s sides against Australia this summer in a historic series
‘It’s a great opportunity for the game to have the Men’s Ashes and Women’s Ashes side by side, and we’ve already seen from the ticket sales that fans want to be there to support the women’s team.
‘The growth of the women’s game over the past few years has been incredible and is testament to Heather and the team and their quality and success on the pitch.
‘Some of my favourite Ashes memories have been in front of big and loud England crowds, they always get fully behind us and they’ll play a big part for both teams this summer. Hopefully we can continue entertaining them and putting on a show.’
Ticket sales for the women’s series have already surpassed a combined 70,000, and Knight is hoping both sides can secure a double series victory.
She said: ‘This summer is going to be massive for women’s cricket, we really can’t wait.
‘To be side by side with men’s team and to have more games in major venues is so exciting. It’s massive for us to play in front of such big crowds and the record-breaking ticket sales will really give us an extra boost when we’re out there on the field during the Women’s Ashes.
‘I remember seeing the England Men’s and England Women’s teams on the double-decker bus in 2005 and it would be amazing if both teams could have a similar summer this year.’
The men’s side will come into the series with some confidence after they defeated Ireland by 10 wickets last week
Both sides are set to take on Australia at the nation’s best cricket stadiums in front of record-breaking crowds
Knight is hoping that the two sides can end the series with a double victory against Australia this summer
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