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
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.
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.