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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

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. That stint will be crucial for Bird if he is to earn a spot in Australia’s Ashes squad for […]

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. For the uninitiated, Team USA smashed Nigeria 156-73 and ‘Melo’ caught proverbial fire. In just 14 minutes he went crazy, scoring 37 points and […]

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. The team that will be walking out of the Pavilion and onto that hallowed turf on […]

Building pressure to create wickets

Building pressure to create wickets

by , 13 Mar 2014

Over the weekend I had a piece on The Roar which raised the idea that there was such as thing as a ‘red zone’ in cricket. The numbers put forward were pretty basic, high level and didn’t say a lot that was particularly meaningful – they were just percentages. There wasn’t a lot of causation […]

Ryan Harris and his impossible career

Ryan Harris and his impossible career

by , 10 Mar 2014

All you can think of as you watch Ryan Harris bowl is that he shouldn’t be here. Not that he isn’t worth a place in the team – far from it. It’s that you’re witnessing an anomaly that stretches credulity; that by all conventional markers, none of this should be happening. Harris was Australia’s most […]

Cricket’s ‘red zone': Who helps take wickets?

Cricket’s ‘red zone': Who helps take wickets?

by , 9 Mar 2014

In cricket, there is always a bias towards judging a bowler by how many wickets he takes. Ryan Harris is great because he’s only the third bowler to take 100 wickets after debuting past 30. Mitchell Johnson is ‘chief destroyer’ because he’s taken 50-odd wickets in the space of eight Tests. Graeme Swann retired because […]

Warner could be Australia’s greatest ever opener

Warner could be Australia’s greatest ever opener

by , 3 Mar 2014

David Warner has copped a lot of flak lately for his remarks during the South African series. The reality is he won’t care very much. On Saturday with 135 off 152 balls, after raising a hundred off 104 deliveries, Warner showed that he is very much in the discussion when it comes to the world’s […]

It’s okay South Africa, at least you’re not England

It’s okay South Africa, at least you’re not England

by , 1 Mar 2014

In the second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, the Aussies were bested by their own hubris as much as the gorgeous reverse swing of Dale Steyn. Six Test wins in a row against two respected rivals, built on the back of a hirsute fast bowler. Expectation had crept back in to our consciousness. […]

DIZZY: Australia’s dominance is really no surprise

DIZZY: Australia’s dominance is really no surprise

by , 18 Feb 2014

I was interviewed recently by a journalist of an Australian national newspaper. He spoke to me about this series versus South Africa being a massive test for this Australian side. Was the series against England a ‘flash in the pan?’ How is the Australian batting order going to survive Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon […]

Let’s get real: Australia is facing a tough task

Let’s get real: Australia is facing a tough task

by , 12 Feb 2014

The Ashes was a relative doddle. The three-Test tour of South Africa, starting tonight Australian time, will be anything but a stroll in the park. History indicates that the Republic has been a happy hunting ground for Australia since South Africa’s reintegration into international cricket – it remains unbeaten having won four series and drawn […]


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