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 are up 2-0 presently in the 2017-18 Ashes series, having won the first Test at Brisbane by 10 wickets, and following that up with a win by 120 runs in the second Test, at Adelaide. Another Test won, or two drawn, will see Australia officially win the series and claim back the urn.

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: 18 December, 2017

The Ashes Articles

Australia reclaim the Ashes! Five talking points from the third Test against England

Australia reclaim the Ashes! Five talking points from the third Test against England

by , 18 Dec 2017

The Ashes are back down under. The rain provided more resistance to Australia than any Englishman not named Dawid Malan, but in the end not even a damp pitch could stop the hosts, who cruised to a third Test victory by an innings and 41 runs to sew up the series before Christmas.

Leaky covers delay play on crucial final day of Ashes Test

Leaky covers delay play on crucial final day of Ashes Test

by , 18 Dec 2017

A leak in protective covers has caused a wet patch on the WACA Ground pitch, forcing a delayed start to the final day of the third Ashes Test.

Australia defeat England, win back the Urn! Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 5

Australia defeat England, win back the Urn! Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 5

by , 18 Dec 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result Australia have regained the Ashes, defeating England in the third Test by an innings and 41 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

England’s leaders have let them down badly

England’s leaders have let them down badly

by , 18 Dec 2017

Since England were whitewashed in Australia four years ago, they have relied heavily upon Alastair Cook, Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Those same four players have let them down badly this current Ashes series.

Steve Smith’s declaration became Australia’s highest Ashes score at home

Steve Smith’s declaration became Australia’s highest Ashes score at home

by , 18 Dec 2017

Steve Smith probably didn’t realise it at the time, but by batting on yesterday at the WACA before declaring at 9-662, it was Australia’s highest Ashes total at home in history.

Admit it: The selectors got it right

Admit it: The selectors got it right

by , 18 Dec 2017

If there have been any people more maligned than Mitchell Marsh so far this Ashes series, it has been the Australian selectors, but both were redeemed at the weekend.

Why Steve Smith succeeds despite his unorthodox technique

Why Steve Smith succeeds despite his unorthodox technique

by , 18 Dec 2017

Steve Smith’s guard is on leg-stump, but at times he calls for two-leg. Both his feet are close to each other, the bat is tapped behind the right foot with a slightly open face and raised towards gully.

An ode to the West

An ode to the West

by , 18 Dec 2017

The tangerine western skies rise and fall over a famous old friend this week. The once feared touring cemetery, the West Australian Cricket Association ground, oozing in Australian cricket history and Ashes Test history, is now a dolorous shadow of its former self.

England won’t be relying on rain gods to save them from Ashes oblivion

England won’t be relying on rain gods to save them from Ashes oblivion

by , 18 Dec 2017

England players have vowed to give it everything they’ve got to save themselves from Ashes oblivion, but don’t expect them to do a rain dance.

Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 4

Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 4

by , 17 Dec 2017 Video

Day result: England trail by 127 runs and have six wickets in hand ahead of the final day of the Test at the WACA, with Australia looking to be a in a strong position should the skies stay clear to win the Test and the series.


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