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

How to watch the 2015 Ashes live on TV, online, streaming and radio

How to watch the 2015 Ashes live on TV, online, streaming and radio

by , 8 Jul 2015 Video

After over a year of waiting, Australia take on England in the biggest Test series of 2015. Here’s how to watch the Ashes, as well as listen and stream online.

Ashes predictions: Line-ups, leading run-scorers and wicket-takers

Ashes predictions: Line-ups, leading run-scorers and wicket-takers

by , 8 Jul 2015 Video

With the first Ashes Test match in Cardiff starting this evening, now is the perfect time to share some of my predictions for the series.

Cook doubts Johnson will fire in English Ashes

by , 8 Jul 2015 Video

England captain Alastair Cook put forward three reasons his Ashes side would be a different beast to the one tamed so easily in 2013-14.

Michael Clarke ponders new-ball pairing

by , 8 Jul 2015 Video

Mitchell Johnson was all over England with the new ball in the most recent Ashes, but the left-armer could be demoted to first-change bowler this week.

The best night ever Power Rankings

The best night ever Power Rankings

by , 7 Jul 2015

I don’t want to alarm you, but tomorrow is a very special day in our nation’s history. Not just sporting history. History. Period.

My Australian XI for Cardiff

My Australian XI for Cardiff

by , 7 Jul 2015 Video

With the first Ashes Test at Cardiff to get underway tomorrow night here is my Australian XI (because it’s always good fun to play the selector).

I’m ready for Test cricket: Pat Cummins

by , 7 Jul 2015

Replacement speedster Pat Cummins insists he’s ready for the rigours of Test cricket, despite being starved of first-class games the past two years.

Stuart Broad’s a nice guy: Adam Voges

by , 7 Jul 2015 Video

Stuart Broad isn’t a bad bloke.

Same Aussie pace attack possible for all five Tests?

by , 7 Jul 2015

If there was one thing more remarkable than Australia’s success in the most recent Ashes, it was the fact an unchanged attack achieved the 5-0 win.

Injuries force Ryan Harris’ immediate retirement

Injuries force Ryan Harris’ immediate retirement

by , 5 Jul 2015 Video

Ryan Harris has retired from all forms of cricket after failing to overcome lingering injuries that have ruled him out of Australia’s Ashes tour.


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