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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 2021-22 Ashes Series was played in Australia from December 8, 2021 until January 18, 2022.
Traditionally, an Australian Ashes series starts with the first Test in Brisbane, before moving to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney – in that order. However, a packed schedule coming into the summer meant this series started a bit later than normal. As a result, the Melbourne Test was the third game of the series allowing it still to be played on Boxing Day.
Just before the start to the series, Cricket Australia confirmed that Perth would not host an Ashes Test this series because of the COVID protocols the State had in place for visitors. After a number of venues were considered to host the fifth and final match, Hobart won the chance to host its first Ashes Test.
|First Test||Dec 8-12||Gabba, Brisbane|
|Second Test (D/N)||Dec 16-20||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|Third Test||Dec 26-30||MCG, Melbourne|
|Fourth Test||Jan 5-9||SCG, Sydney|
|Fifth Test (D/N)||Jan 14-18||Blundstone Arena, Hobart|
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 34-32 lead in all-time Ashes series played.
Australia travelled to England, hoping to win the series on foreign 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.
Relive the 2019 Ashes
First Test: Edgbaston, Birmingham (August 1-5, 2019). View the full scoreboard.
Second Test: Lord’s, London (August 14-18, 2019). View the full scoreboard.
Third Test: Headingley, Leeds (August 22-26, 2019). View the full scoreboard.
Fourth Test: Old Trafford, Manchester (September 4-8, 2019). View the full scoreboard.
Fifth Test: The Oval, London (September 12-16, 2019). View the full scoreboard.
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.
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.