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
In early 2017, Australia contested a four-Test series in India, which they lost 2-1 after putting in a spirited performance. That is their final Test cricket hit-out before the Ashes, meaning they won’t have played red ball cricket for over half a year, permitting no more series are announced.
Overall, both sides are incredibly sitting on equal footing after 136 years of Ashes competition with 32 series wins each, emphasising the tightly contested nature of one of sport’s fiercest rivalries.
England come into the 2017/18 Ashes with four series win from the last five but were whitewashed for the third time in Ashes history the last time they made the trip to Australia.
The series will cover the famous Boxing Day and New Years Tests in Sydney, while there are still doubts about the venue for the scheduled test match in Perth as we wait for the completion over the new Perth Stadium.
The first test will be in Brisbane as has been tradition for the summer opener for a while now but it’s the second test that has raised all the questions.
Adelaide will host the first ever Ashes day-night test match for the second test of the series.
2017/18 Ashes Schedule
|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||(TBC) 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
** Venue yet to be decided between new Perth Stadium and WACA
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.
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.