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.

2017/18 Ashes Series

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Australia have regained the urn, winning the first three Tests of the series. They won the first Test in Brisbane by 10 wickets, and following that up with a win by 120 runs in the second Test, at Adelaide.

In Perth, it was a dominant win by an innings and 41 runs which saw Australia clinch the urn.

The final two dead rubber Tests saw a draw on a lifeless pitch in Melbourne, before Australia picked up a win by an innings in Sydney.

2017/2018 Ashes Squads

Australia
Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

England
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran

2017/18 Ashes Schedule

No. Teams Venue Date
1st Test Australia vs England Gabba, Brisbane November 23-27
2nd Test Australia vs England Adelaide Oval (D/N)* December 2-6
3rd Test Australia vs England W.A.C.A, Perth December 14-18
4th Test Australia vs England MCG, Melbourne December 26-30
5th Test Australia vs England SCG, Sydney January 4-8

* Day-Night Test

Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

2015 Series:
The last series was contested in England during the English summer of 2015, with matches played at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Sophia Gardens, Edgbaston and The Oval.

England won the series 3-2, with victories in Cardiff, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston. Australian won the matches at Lord’s and The Oval.

Relive the 2015 Ashes
First Test: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (Jul 8-11, 2015). View the full scoreboard.
Second Test: Lord’s, London (Jul 16-19, 2015). View the full scoreboard.
Third Test: Edgbaston, Birmingham (Jul 29-31, 2015). View the full scoreboard.
Fourth Test: Trentbridge, Nottingham (Aug 6-8, 2015). View the full scoreboard.
Fifth Test: The Oval, London (Aug 20-23, 2015). View the full scoreboard.

2013/14 series
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.

Last updated: 9 January, 2018

The Ashes Articles

Ben Stokes charged with affray after incident

Ben Stokes charged with affray after incident

by , 16 Jan 2018

Ben Stokes has said he is keen to clear his name after being charged with affray.

The 24 hours that lost the Ashes

The 24 hours that lost the Ashes

by , 16 Jan 2018

If we rewind to early November, a pragmatic and sober English mind should have been hoping to head to Sydney no worse than 2-1 down, which could have occurred along the following lines:

Would Australia have regained the Ashes without Steve Smith?

Would Australia have regained the Ashes without Steve Smith?

by , 11 Jan 2018

When a series scoreline reads as one-sided as Australia’s 4-0 Ashes triumph does, and when the player of the series discussion must’ve been one of the shortest in the history of the sporting universe, the hypotheticals don’t take much to surface.

Uncovering the hidden numbers behind the Ashes

Uncovering the hidden numbers behind the Ashes

by , 11 Jan 2018

Cricket averages across a series tell a tale of how batsmen fared, and though Steve Smith and Alastair Cook lead their teams, but that doesn’t really tell the full story of how consistent they were across the series.

Why the ODIs will be better than the Ashes

Why the ODIs will be better than the Ashes

by , 11 Jan 2018

England meekly surrendered Ashes 4-0, and though that result wasn’t so shocking considering Ben Stokes’s absence, the fight and fearlessness demonstrated by the visitors in last two years was missing from this series.

Bayliss prepares England for the future

Bayliss prepares England for the future

by , 10 Jan 2018 Video

England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has warned defeats and disappointment could be the short-term price of building a Test team capable of winning the Ashes Down Under.

Cuddly Australians tarnish Waugh’s legacy

Cuddly Australians tarnish Waugh’s legacy

by , 10 Jan 2018

In the inevitable swirl of thinkpieces and chattering about this trenchantly benign Ashes series, one question remains woefully unaddressed, and it goes to the very heart of our national identity: when did Australian cricketers become so cuddly?

Who’s safe for the first Test in Durban?

Who’s safe for the first Test in Durban?

by , 10 Jan 2018

The Ashes is over and the discussion of who should be playing in that first Test in March against South Africa has begun.

The rise and rise of Pat Cummins

The rise and rise of Pat Cummins

by , 10 Jan 2018

“I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Patrick Cummins said upon receiving the man of the match award for the final Ashes Test. The interviewer could have easily responded with, “You couldn’t have given much more”.

Extending the Ashes Summer to benefit both teams

Extending the Ashes Summer to benefit both teams

by , 10 Jan 2018

With the Ashes series now complete, let’s talk about the Ashes. Not the English tour of 2019, but the next instalment in Australia, and some minor tweaks they can make to make England more competitive and to entertain the masses.


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