When it starts, where you can watch it, who’s going to win and which are players to watch – it’s all here in our guide for the uninitiated
The first Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday morning local time, or for Blighty-based fans at 12 midnight GMT, with further matches to come in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Brisbane Cricket Ground is better known as the Gabba – it being situated in the borough of Woolloongabba – and also, worryingly for England, as the Gabbatoir, due to the regularity with which visiting teams are slaughtered there. West Indies were the last touring side to win at the Gabba, and that was in 1988. England last won in 1986 and have lost five and drawn twice since.