The Ashes

Without doubt cricket’s most important Test Series, The Ashes competition was founded in 1882 and is played by cricket’s oldest Test nations, England and Australia.

The Ashes series began thanks to a satirical obituary published in English newspaper, the Sporting Times. The article focused on England’s failure in losing to Australia on English soil for the first time in its short history, claiming that English cricket had died – with the ashes taken to Australia – leading to the establishment of cricket’s most illustrious Test series.

Overall, Australia have won the Ashes 32 times, compared to England’s 31, emphasising the tightly contested nature of one of sport’s fiercest rivalries.

The next series will be contested in England during the English summer of 2015, with matches to be played at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, SWALEC Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval.

The Ashes Articles

Australia’s old guard pumped for the Ashes

by , 23 May 2015

Veteran allrounder Shane Watson wants to keep playing all three forms of cricket internationally and says the old guard in Australia’s Ashes squad are highly motivated to get an elusive series win in England.

Trott’s retirement is the right decision

Trott’s retirement is the right decision

by , 5 May 2015

When Jonathan Trott fended a well directed bouncer Shannon Gabriel bouncer to square leg, just a couple of minutes into his first innings at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, his number was up.

Will Australia play two spinners in The Ashes?

Will Australia play two spinners in The Ashes?

by , 18 Apr 2015

On Australia’s upcoming Test tour, the West Indian pitches will offer plenty to spinners. This also looks to be a distinct possibility in the following Ashes series.

Clarke preparing to face new teammate Pietersen in The Ashes

by , 18 Apr 2015

They’ll be teammates in the Big Bash League come summer but Michael Clarke thinks he might have to do battle with Kevin Pietersen for the Ashes before then.

As Australia took the Mickey, so too could England spill Moores’ blood

As Australia took the Mickey, so too could England spill Moores’ blood

by , 15 Apr 2015

When Mickey Arthur was unceremoniously given his marching orders in the lead-up to the 2013 Ashes, it was a development that was both surprising and the opposite.

Recovering Trott will face Ashes barrage from Aussies

Recovering Trott will face Ashes barrage from Aussies

by , 10 Apr 2015 Popular article!

England look set to make a risky selection for the Ashes, with veteran batsman Jonathan Trott a strong chance to stare down Australia’s aggressive pace unit in a new role: opening for England.

Rogers’ booming form bodes well for Ashes

Rogers’ booming form bodes well for Ashes

by , 7 Jan 2015 Video

Looking ahead to this year’s Ashes, the biggest positive for Australia to come out of this series against India may not be the barnstorming form of Steve Smith and David Warner.

Bird takes wing to England to earn Ashes recall

Bird takes wing to England to earn Ashes recall

by , 15 Oct 2014

Jackson Bird has made a very wise choice. Unlike many fellow Aussie cricketers who shun county cricket in favour of either rest or lucrative T20 contracts, Bird has signed a three-month contract with Hampshire next year.

What iconic sporting event were you lucky enough to be at?

What iconic sporting event were you lucky enough to be at?

by , 29 Aug 2014

NBA podcaster Tom Read gave me the inspiration for this article when he tweeted that he was there in person to see Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point explosion at the 2012 London Olympics.

England cricket’s tentative rebuilding process

England cricket’s tentative rebuilding process

by , 12 Jun 2014

Tomorrow, overshadowed by the hype and glamour surrounding some sporting event in South America, the English Test cricket team will be taking their first tentative steps to rebuild following their Ashes whitewash when they play Sri Lanka at Lord’s.


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