THE Ashes may still be three months away but England and Australia are clashing in another cricket game today.

Sussex seniors over-fifties cricket team are taking on their Australian counterparts at Fulking.

The 45-overs-a-side match forms part of the Aussie senior team’s three-week tour of the UK.

If the visit is successful it could lead to the creation of an Ashes series between over-fifties players in both countries.

Sussex County Cricket Club chief executive Rob Andrew said: “Today’s game is going to be a special occasion for all involved and we’re delighted to be hosting the Australians.

“Hopefully the success of the Sussex fixture and the rest of their trip will eventually lead to an over-fifties Ashes series which would be fantastic for the game.”

Mr Andrew encouraged supporters across the county to support the players at the Spen Cama Memorial Ground in what promises to be a hard-fought match.

He said: “I hope they get a good crowd for what I’m sure will be a competitive fixture – as all England-Australia encounters invariably are.”

Sussex senior cricket now has a total of seven county sides, including two over-fifties, four over-sixties and one over-seventies level.

Mr Andrew said: “Over-fifties cricket has been established in Sussex for more than 25 years and is going from strength to strength.”

Ian Jones, player-manager for the over-fifties side, said he was looking forward to the game.

He said: “It should be a great game. Whenever you play a great side it’s always a test and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against them.”

The visitors’ trip is supported by the English Cricket Board and Cricket Australia and all involved are hoping this will boost the profile of the senior cricket game.

Entry to the ground is free and the match will start at 1pm, weather permitting.