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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In early 2017, Australia contested a four-Test series in India, which they lost 2-1 after putting in a spirited performance, then went to Bangladesh and tied 1-1. That was their final Test cricket hit-out before the Ashes.

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 wins 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 Test in Melbourne and New Years Tests in Sydney, while the W.A.C.A. in Perth will host it’s final Ashes Test.

The first test will be in Brisbane as has been tradition for the summer opener for some time, 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.

2017/2018 Ashes Squads

Australia
To be announced Friday 17 November.

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: 11 November, 2017

The Ashes Articles

Bancroft’s a brilliant Ashes selection, but Paine and Marsh?

Bancroft’s a brilliant Ashes selection, but Paine and Marsh?

by , 18 Nov 2017

Cameron Bancroft is the form Australian batsman, with the most Sheffield Shield runs and the best average this season.

Australia’s Ashes squad announced: Analysing every player picked

Australia’s Ashes squad announced: Analysing every player picked

by , 17 Nov 2017 Video

The Ashes are just under a week away and, after months of speculation and three rounds of Sheffield Shield results, Australia have finally named their team for the first Test. Here’s our reaction to the players announced in Brisbane this morning.

It’s official: Paine, Marsh and Bancroft bolt into Australia’s Ashes squad

It’s official: Paine, Marsh and Bancroft bolt into Australia’s Ashes squad

by , 17 Nov 2017 Video

Tim Paine will be Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first two Ashes Tests this summer after the Tasmanian was named in a 13-man squad on Friday morning.

Golden Ashes: Australia’s greatest batting partnerships

Golden Ashes: Australia’s greatest batting partnerships

by , 17 Nov 2017

Individual performances are memorable in Ashes cricket history and it’s often easy to forget just how important partnerships are in the game of cricket.

Australia’s express pace will rattle England

Australia’s express pace will rattle England

by , 17 Nov 2017

England’s batting frailties against high pace were exposed during their recent home summer and shape as a major weakness in the Ashes against Australia’s express quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Ashes Cricket is hands down the best cricket game in over a decade

Ashes Cricket is hands down the best cricket game in over a decade

by , 17 Nov 2017

On the eve of another highly anticipated Ashes series this summer, Big Ant Studios have unleashed Ashes Cricket, and it’s comfortably the best cricket game in over a decade.

Batting is all about timing

Batting is all about timing

by , 17 Nov 2017

Rhythm, tempo and expression. Characteristics that are as essential to the success of a batsman as they are to a harmonic melody.

Final Ashes auditions complete but Australian XI still a mystery

Final Ashes auditions complete but Australian XI still a mystery

by , 17 Nov 2017

Welcome to selection day. By 11am, we will know the team who are going to try and take Australia to Ashes glory.

National Selection Panel teleconference: Selection of the Australian XI

National Selection Panel teleconference: Selection of the Australian XI

by , 17 Nov 2017

How Wednesday’s selection meeting should have, could have transpired

Bancroft expected to make Ashes Test debut

Bancroft expected to make Ashes Test debut

by , 16 Nov 2017

Australia’s selection speculation will be put to bed on Friday, with the Ashes squad expected to feature debutant Cameron Bancroft plus recalled wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.


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