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.
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, SWALEC Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval.