England to play Essex in 2013 Ashes warm-up

England celebrate retaining the Ashes in 2011

England will play Essex in a four-day warm-up match before next summer's Ashes series.

The game will take place at Chelmsford and start on 30 June, with the first Test of the Ashes series starting at Trent Bridge on 10 July.

Australia will play warm-up games against Somerset and Worcestershire.

The 2013 Friends Life t20 finals day will be held at Edgbaston on 17 August while Lord's will host the CB40 final on 21 September.

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