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

England dominate Australia in three days

England dominate Australia in three days

by , 1 Aug 2015 Video

Day 3 at Edgbaston started with good news for Australia, with James Anderson being ruled out for the rest of the match, as well as the next Test at Trent Bridge.

The truth about the ‘bat first’ myth

The truth about the ‘bat first’ myth

by , 31 Jul 2015 Video

Australia’s first-innings capitulation at Edgbaston, where they were all out for just 136 runs and James Anderson bagged six wickets, perfectly illustrated why it’s not always ideal to bat first.

Mitchell Johnson joins the 300-wicket club in style

by , 31 Jul 2015 Video

Mitchell Johnson rubber-stamped his membership to Australia’s exalted 300 club in brutal fashion with a ball for the ages to dismiss Jonny Bairstow at Edgbaston.

The Michael Clarke conundrum

The Michael Clarke conundrum

by , 31 Jul 2015 Video

The questions surrounding Michael Clarke’s position in the Australian Test team appear to be growing with every failed innings.

Credit to England, but Australia’s batsmen helped them look good

Credit to England, but Australia’s batsmen helped them look good

by , 30 Jul 2015 Video

Australia’s batting was eviscerated by a purposeful and determined England attack on the opening day of the third Test.

Really Clarkey? You wanted to bat in those conditions?

Really Clarkey? You wanted to bat in those conditions?

by , 30 Jul 2015 Video

The cricket captain’s handbook was written over cricket’s 100-plus years of history. It must be either lost or destroyed, because no one seems to have read it lately. Chapter one – on winning the toss – is short and succinct.

No option but to drop Brad Haddin: Rod Marsh

by , 30 Jul 2015 Video

Brad Haddin’s recent form meant Australia had no option but to leave him on the sidelines, according to chairman of selectors Rod Marsh.

Hayden, Ponting go in to bat for axed Haddin

by , 30 Jul 2015 Video

Matthew Hayden has labelled Brad Haddin’s axing from the Australian cricket team as “outrageous”, given the wicketkeeper’s trying personal circumstances that led to him standing down for the second Ashes Test.

This would be a sad way for Brad Haddin to finish

This would be a sad way for Brad Haddin to finish

by , 29 Jul 2015 Video

I feel sorry for Brad Haddin. I know, they are not the words you may expect to see written by an Englishman given that, in certain quarters, the wicketkeeper is viewed as the walking embodiment of all that is distasteful about an Australian cricketer.

Remember 2005, Australia, and don’t be blasé

Remember 2005, Australia, and don’t be blasé

by , 29 Jul 2015

There have been striking similarities between the opening Ashes Tests played in 2005 and the opening pair in England this year.


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