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
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: 23 November, 2017

The Ashes Articles

Picking Mitch Marsh over Maxwell is madness

Picking Mitch Marsh over Maxwell is madness

by , 11 Dec 2017

Australia’s batting is its major shortcoming in Tests, so it makes no sense to further weaken the top six by selecting tried-and-failed all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes Test this week.

Why Darren Lehmann shouldn’t be a selector

Why Darren Lehmann shouldn’t be a selector

by , 11 Dec 2017

There’s an unwritten rule among Australian cricket selectors – only the chairman explains to the media once a team has been released.

Mitchell Marsh’s Test fate to be determined by WACA pitch

Mitchell Marsh’s Test fate to be determined by WACA pitch

by , 11 Dec 2017

Don’t be surprised if fit-again allrounder Mitch Marsh buys WACA curator Matt Page a carton of his favourite drink this week.

Ben Duckett handed suspension after England’s latest drunken incident

by , 11 Dec 2017

Ben Duckett appears to be the scapegoat of an English cricket board desperate to stamp out drunken behaviour, having been told he is on his final warning after pouring a drink on the head of Jimmy Anderson.

Alastair Cook to bid adieu to cricket?

Alastair Cook to bid adieu to cricket?

by , 11 Dec 2017

Former England captain and player Kevin Pietersen launched a scathing attack on England team after defeat in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.

Moeen Ali backs Mark Wood for Perth Test

Moeen Ali backs Mark Wood for Perth Test

by , 11 Dec 2017

Mark Wood is fit, firing and ready to inject express pace into England’s Ashes attack, according to Moeen Ali.

Why England should play six batsmen

Why England should play six batsmen

by , 10 Dec 2017

I’m not English and don’t follow English cricket that closely, but I can use a computer and the internet and read things called statistics, and I can’t help wonder how on earth England settled on their current batting line-up.

Mitchell Marsh should play in Perth

Mitchell Marsh should play in Perth

by , 10 Dec 2017

To be honest, I never thought I would write this, but now it all makes sense.

Wood wicketless on day 1 of Ashes tune-up

by , 10 Dec 2017

Mark Wood’s first attempt to burst his way into England’s Test XI with express pace was met with mixed reviews at Perth’s Richardson Park.

WACA wicket to shape Aussies’ Test XI

WACA wicket to shape Aussies’ Test XI

by , 9 Dec 2017

Australia’s selection showdown could be settled by the WACA wicket, with Mitch Marsh in the box seat to be recalled if the curator fails to wind the clock back for the famed venue’s final Ashes Test.


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