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 (TBC) 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
** Venue yet to be decided between new Perth Stadium and WACA

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: 29 March, 2017

The Ashes Articles

Three reasons why Australia will win the Ashes

Three reasons why Australia will win the Ashes

by , 9 Jun 2017

Australian cricket was in a dark place on 15 November 2016.

WACA to host Ashes Test in 2017

WACA to host Ashes Test in 2017

by , 10 May 2017

The WACA Ground will get one final Ashes hurrah after the new $1.2 billion Perth Stadium lost its race to be ready in time to host WA’s showpiece Test this summer.

Venue for Perth Ashes Test still unknown

Venue for Perth Ashes Test still unknown

by , 9 May 2017

The Ashes build-up has started in earnest but construction work in Perth is yet to finish, with Cricket Australia still mulling the venue for this summer’s third Test.

The Ashes: Combined XI

The Ashes: Combined XI

by , 21 Apr 2017

With the Ashes a mere seven months away and with loads of cricket to be played between then and now, it seems like the ideal time to engage in that most indulgent and useless of sporting exercises – the combined XI.

The Ashes: Steve Harmison reckons our bowlers a scary proposition

The Ashes: Steve Harmison reckons our bowlers a scary proposition

by , 6 Apr 2017

Former England spearhead Steve Harmison fears Australia have the fast bowling battery to produce another Ashes whitewash later this year.

Australia’s pre-Ashes preparation another big scheduling blunder

Australia’s pre-Ashes preparation another big scheduling blunder

by , 21 Jan 2017

Australia has it eyes fixed with intent on the Herculean effort it will take to overcome India at home in the upcoming four-Test series.

2017-18 Ashes schedule released, day-night Test confirmed

2017-18 Ashes schedule released, day-night Test confirmed

by , 13 Dec 2016

It’s official: for the first time, Australia and England will face each other in a day-night Test match in next summer’s Ashes series.

The Ashes under lights? Absolutely

The Ashes under lights? Absolutely

by , 8 Dec 2016

If the results from a quick Google search can be taken as the gospel according to the internet, then next summer Australia will host England in a day-night Ashes Test.

Australia’s era of batting weakness: From Ashes glory to disaster (Part 6)

Australia’s era of batting weakness: From Ashes glory to disaster (Part 6)

by , 2 Aug 2016

By the end of that Ashes series, all bar two pieces of the Australian selection puzzle had been solved.

Australia’s era of batting weakness: Edgbaston failure (Part 2)

Australia’s era of batting weakness: Edgbaston failure (Part 2)

by , 28 Jul 2016

Australia’s first communal failure came in the next Test at Edgbaston. Australia won the toss and batted.


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