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. That is their final Test cricket hit-out before the Ashes, meaning they won’t have played red ball cricket for over half a year, permitting no more series are announced.

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 win 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 and New Years Tests in Sydney, while there are still doubts about the venue for the scheduled test match in Perth as we wait for the completion over the new Perth Stadium.

The first test will be in Brisbane as has been tradition for the summer opener for a while now 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.

2017/18 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: 27 September, 2017

The Ashes Articles

“I love it as a batsman”: David Warner to bring sledging back for Ashes

“I love it as a batsman”: David Warner to bring sledging back for Ashes

by , 18 Oct 2017

David Warner’s docile days are over, with Australia’s vice-captain wanting his team to deliver noise and nastiness during the Ashes.

Have we lost our love for the Australian cricket team?

Have we lost our love for the Australian cricket team?

by , 14 Oct 2017

The footy season is over, so Australian sports fans are turning their attention to the upcoming summer of cricket and the Ashes.

Damien Fleming reveals his Australian XI for The Ashes

Damien Fleming reveals his Australian XI for The Ashes

by , 13 Oct 2017 Video

With just 40 days until the first ball is bowled in anger between Australia and England, Damien Fleming has put his selection cap on for The Roar and picked the team he thinks can reclaim that tiny urn.

Waugh calls for more time off before Ashes

Waugh calls for more time off before Ashes

by , 12 Oct 2017

Australian selector Mark Waugh has lamented the length of the limited-overs tour of India with the Ashes around the corner.

Australia favourites for 2017 Ashes thanks to strength of home batting

Australia favourites for 2017 Ashes thanks to strength of home batting

by , 7 Oct 2017

The Ashes begins at the Gabba on November 23 and the Aussies will be happy to be playing at home, taking on an English side in something of a pickle with an unwanted controversy.

Ben Stokes’ Ashes hopes could be gone after copping England suspension

Ben Stokes’ Ashes hopes could be gone after copping England suspension

by , 29 Sep 2017

Ben Stokes’ fading Ashes prospects may hinge on the next stage of police investigations after England suspended him and Alex Hales from all future international matches until further notice.

Video emerges of Stokes in alleged brawl

Video emerges of Stokes in alleged brawl

by , 28 Sep 2017 Video

A video that allegedly shows Ben Stokes throwing punches in a street fight has emerged on the day he was selected for England’s Ashes squad.

England squad for Ashes announced

England squad for Ashes announced

by , 27 Sep 2017

England have announced a 16-man squad for the 2017-18 Ashes series on Wednesday evening (AEST) with Ben Stokes retained despite alleged off-field issues and a host of fresh faces, including three debutants, making their appearance.

Matthew Wade’s Ashes hopes in disarray after being dropped in India

Matthew Wade’s Ashes hopes in disarray after being dropped in India

by , 25 Sep 2017

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Matthew Wade faces an uphill battle to retain his spot for the Ashes after being dumped from the one-day international team.

England still unsure on Ashes line-up just months away from first Test

England still unsure on Ashes line-up just months away from first Test

by , 21 Sep 2017

England’s top-order batting woes mean they’ll arrive for the Ashes in Australia dogged by uncertainty, the country’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss concedes.


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