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.

2015 Ashes Series

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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, Sophia Gardens, Edgbaston and The Oval.

Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith Steve Smith and David Warner had a good time with the bat when Australia swept England in the 2013/14 Ashes. (AFP PHOTO/GREG WOOD)

Squads for the 2015 Ashes series:

Australia’s Ashes squad:
Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith (vc), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Pat Cummins

England’s Ashes squad:
Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root (vc), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Adil Rashid.

England will be looking for retribution when they host Australia in 2015, following their capitulation during the 2013/14 series in Australia.

Holding the Ashes when they arrived for the 2013/14 series, England started as favourites to retain the urn against an Australian side struggling for consistency and form.

However, Australia would go on to claim a famous 5-0 series whitewash, off the back of incredible performances from Mitch Johnson with the ball and Steve Smith with the bat.

Relive the 2013/14 Ashes:
First Test: Gabba, Brisbane (Nov 21-25, 2013). View the full scoreboard.
Second Test: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (Dec 5-9, 2013). View the full scoreboard.
Third Test: WACA, Perth (Dec 13-17, 2013). View the full scoreboard.
Fourth Test: MCG, Melbourne (December 26-30, 2013). View the full scoreboard.
Fifth Test: SCG, Sydney (Jan 2-6, 2014). View the full scoreboard.

The Ashes Articles

The Ashes blame game

The Ashes blame game

by , 27 Aug 2015

There wasn’t that much cricket, just 18 days in all So we’ve taken up another sport in lieu of bat and ball

How important are centuries in the Ashes?

How important are centuries in the Ashes?

by , 26 Aug 2015

Australia lost the 2015 Ashes despite scoring more centuries than England. It was a reverse of the overall score-line; 3-2. But is this such an anomaly? And what does it mean about Australia’s batting performance?

Highlights: Australia send off Clarke, Rogers with fifth-test win

by , 24 Aug 2015

Michael Clarke couldn’t imagine his international swansong going any better, having signed off with an innings and 46-run victory in the fifth Ashes Test.

Highlights: Aussies on cusp of dead rubber win

by , 23 Aug 2015

Rain looms as the only roadblock to Australia winning the fifth Ashes Test, a result likely to gladden and grate retiring captain Michael Clarke.

Watson captain, Harris six: The way Australia’s Ashes should have been

Watson captain, Harris six: The way Australia’s Ashes should have been

by , 22 Aug 2015

Yeah sure, Australia finally batted like blokes who remember how to play cricket. They remembered that it’s not compulsory to hit every ball.

Australia need to maximise their time at the crease

Australia need to maximise their time at the crease

by , 21 Aug 2015

When Bill Clinton successfully used the term “It’s the economy, stupid” in his 1992 presidential campaign, he could have been thinking of the current Australian cricket team. Just change economy for overs.

How to watch the fifth Ashes Test on TV, radio, and streaming online

How to watch the fifth Ashes Test on TV, radio, and streaming online

by , 20 Aug 2015

The fifth and final Test of the 2015 Ashes approaches and while the result of the series is a foregone conclusion with England holding an unbeatable 3-1 lead, there’s still plenty of reasons to watch when the Test begins on Thursday August 20 at 8pm (AEST) at The Oval.

How much has Mitchell Johnson got left in the tank?

How much has Mitchell Johnson got left in the tank?

by , 20 Aug 2015

“I was sitting there, thinking, ‘I could die here in the f***ing Gabbattoir.” So wrote England batsman Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography KP, released late last year.

The dead rubber comes to life: Fifth Ashes Test preview

The dead rubber comes to life: Fifth Ashes Test preview

by , 20 Aug 2015

The fifth Test of the 2015 Ashes unfortunately can have no say on the final home of the urn, after England took an insurmountable 3-1 series lead at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test.

Australia must not panic over Ashes loss

Australia must not panic over Ashes loss

by , 19 Aug 2015

Australia’s capitulation in this Ashes series should remind the visitors of the work they need to do to become consistently competitive overseas. It should not, however, lead to panicked actions.


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