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The Ashes 2019

This year's Ashes series will be one to remember (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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 2019 Ashes Series began on Thursday, August 1 with the first Test at Edgbaston. Australia, the current holders of the urn, were hoping to win an Ashes series on English soil for the first time since 2001.

In the end, the series was drawn 2-2. But, having won the previous series, Australia did retain the urn on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years.

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.

Australia currently holds a slender 33-32 lead in all-time Ashes series played.

2019 Ashes series fixture

Fixture Venue Dates Result
England vs Australia
First Test
Edgbaston August 1-5 Australia won by 251 runs
England vs Australia
Second Test
Lord’s August 14-18 Match drawn
England vs Australia
Third Test
Headingley August 22-26 England won by 1 wicket
England vs Australia
Fourth Test
Old Trafford September 4-8 Australia won by 185 runs
England vs Australia
Fifth Test
The Oval September 12-16 England won by 135 runs

2017-18 series
Australia regained the urn after winning the first three Tests of the series. They won the first Test in Brisbane by ten wickets, following that up with a win by 120 runs in the second Test in Adelaide.

In Perth, it was a dominant win by an innings and 41 runs which saw Australia clinch the urn.

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The final two dead rubber Tests saw a draw on a lifeless pitch in Melbourne, before Australia picked up a win by an innings in Sydney.

Relive the 2017-18 Ashes

First Test: Gabba, Brisbane (Nov 23-27, 2017). View the full scoreboard.
Second Test: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (Dec 2-6, 2017). View the full scoreboard.
Third Test: WACA, Perth (Dec 14-18, 2017). View the full scoreboard.
Fourth Test: MCG, Melbourne (December 26-30, 2017). View the full scoreboard.
Fifth Test: SCG, Sydney (Jan 4-8, 2018). View the full scoreboard.

Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

2015 series
The 2015 series was contested in England, 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: Trent Bridge, Nottingham (Aug 6-8, 2015). View the full scoreboard.
Fifth Test: The Oval, London (Aug 20-23, 2015). View the full scoreboard.

201-/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.

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However, Australia would go on to claim a famous 5-0 series whitewash, off the back of incredible performances from Mitchell 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.

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