After the drama and excitement of the Cricket World Cup, you would be forgiven for thinking that with the Football season now very much on the horizon, all sporting attention would turn back to the most popular game in the UK. However, we’re not done with cricket just yet as in addition to a fabulous World Cup, we now have the small matter of the 2019 Ashes Series to enjoy.
Having failed to win an Ashes series in England since 2001, when they romped to a 4-1 victory over the host nation, this Australian team, who have won three of the last eight Ashes series contested, will be going out all guns blazing to try and win one of the smallest but most meaningful trophies in the history of sports.
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For England though, it is an important step for this test team which has been struggling a little of late. There’s no doubt that Joe Root’s team show flashes of brilliance at times and are more than capable of beating any test team in the world today, however they have also been prone to some very average and even catastrophic performances of late, especially with the bat in hand, which makes this series an intriguing one indeed.
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So, what does the Ashes series hold in store for us? We decided to take a look ahead at the forthcoming series and pinpoint some of the key pointers in the games which could go a long way towards ultimately deciding which team will enjoy the sweet tastes of Ashes success.
So let’s begin with a quick track back through memory lane.
A History of the Ashes
The first of the 70 biennial series between the teams is thought to have been played way back in 1882, when Australia hosted the three-test series, going down by a scoreline of 2-1. The term the Ashes stems from a fake obituary posted in The Sporting Times in 1882, when the series consisted of just one game, which Australia won. The obituary stated the ‘death of English cricket’ and said its ashes would be travelling to Australia.
The Honourable Ivo Bligh, England captain and 8th Earl of Darnley, continued the term promising to bring the Ashes home in the next series, which he duly did and thus, The Ashes were born.
England enjoyed great success early on in the series winning all of the first eight Ashes series, although in those days’ series tended to be played over any number of tests (ranging from just one to a maximum of five).
Australia’s first victory came in 1891/92 but England followed that with three more wins, however by 18897/98, Australia were improving, and this was also the period when the series tended to be played over 5 Test Matches (although not all Ashes series followed this rule).
What is notable from then on is that Ashes series have tended to be won in clusters. Australis won four in a row, before two wins for England, two for Australia, two more for England, then three more for Australia. This tended to follow type for many years with one team holding dominance for a period of time before the next came back.
Australia’s biggest period of dominance came from 1989 to 2003 when they won eight Ashes series in a row, matching England’s feat from the first test series to the eighth. England halted that in 2005 and since then England have won all Ashes series on home soil but have only won once in Australia (in 2010/11).
The Ashes History in Figures
- 330 Test Matches Played
- 134 Wins for Australia
- 106 Wins for England
- 90 Drawn Test Matches
- 70 Ashes Series Contested
- 33 Series wins for Australia
- 32 Series wins for England
- 5 Series Drawn
- Australia have won 19 Series on home soil, 14 in England
- England have won 18 Series on home soil, 14 in Australia
- 65 of the 90 drawn test matches have taken place in England, just 25 in Australia
- Australia have won three series by a 5-0 scoreline. England’s best ever series win was a 5-1 win back in 1978/79 in Australia.
- Don Bradman has the most runs in the Ashes series with 5,028
- Shane Warne has the most wickets in an Ashes series with 195.
The 2019 Ashes Series
The five tests this summer will take place across the UK at what are now commonly accepted as the stadia where Ashes games are always contested.
- First Test – 1st – 5th August 2019 – Edgbaston, Birmingham
- Second Test – 14th – 18th August 2019 – Lord’s, London
- Third Test – 22nd – 26th August 2019 – Headingley, Leeds
- Fourth Test – 4th-8th September 2019 – Old Trafford, Manchester
- Fifth Test – 12th – 16th September 2019 – The Oval, London
In addition to the prestige of the Ashes series, the series will also be the first in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship tournament, which will see the top nine test nations battling it out against six other teams over the next two years. The two leading teams at the end of this period will face a final against each other in England in the summer of 2021, for the title of World Test Champions.
Who Will Win the Ashes in 2019?
Even though England have home advantage, there is a feeling that this Australian team may just be good enough to end their barren spell of performances in England over the years and retain the Ashes. I still feel it will be an exceptionally close series and I can see both teams winning Test Matches, and a couple being drawn, but I do feel that a 2-1 victory to Australia is the most likely outcome.