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The Ashes Guide 2019

August 13th, 2019 Sports Guides

The Ashes returns to English shores this year and it’s time to take a look at the biggest rivalries in all sport.

Fresh from being crowned one-day Word Champions, England are looking to sign off what would be a remarkable summer by beating their biggest rivals Australia. The Aussies are the current holders and won’t go down without a fight.

What is The Ashes?

The Ashes is the name of the Test Match series between England and Australia’s cricket teams. A cricket test match is played over a maximum of five days. And during an Ashes series, such as this 2019 edition, it will be over five matches.

The series got its name, not because of the little urn that is played for, but because of an article. The article spoke about the death of English cricket after Australia’s 1882 win. Published in the London-based newspaper, Sporting Times the eponymous comment was: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”

The following winter, English captain, Ivo Bligh stated that he would bring ‘the Ashes home’. And the name stuck forever. On a subsequent tour, Bligh was presented with a personal gift of the original Ashes urn, which is believed to contain the burnt ashes of a cricket ball, and not bails as is the common misconception.

The original Ashes urn, which Bligh’s family donated to the Marylebone Cricket Club is kept and displayed at Lord’s. A replica is presented to the winning side at the end of each series.

What is the history?
The first game between England and Australia occurred in 1876, making it one of the longest and fiercest rivalries in all sport. However, The Ashes as we know it dates back to 1882 and Australia’s first win.

Since then, there have been 70 series between the two nations, with Australia winning 33, England 32 and five having been drawn.

Australia are the current holders and so if the series is again drawn, they would ‘retain’ the Ashes.

Series Years Host Tests Result Holder
1 1882–83 Australia 3 England England
2 1884 England 3 England England
3 1884–85 Australia 5 England England
4 1886 England 3 England England
5 1886-87 Australia 2 England England
6 1887-88 Australia 1 England England
7 1888 England 3 England England
8 1890 England 2 (3) England England
9 1891–92 Australia 3 Australia Australia
10 1893 England 3 England England
11 1894–95 Australia 5 England England
12 1896 England 3 England England
13 1897–98 Australia 5 Australia Australia
14 1899 England 5 Australia Australia
15 1901–02 Australia 5 Australia Australia
16 1902 England 5 Australia Australia
17 1903–04 Australia 5 England England
18 1905 England 5 England England
19 1907–08 Australia 5 Australia Australia
20 1909 England 5 Australia Australia
21 1911–12 Australia 5 England England
22 1912 England 3 England England
23 1920–21 Australia 5 Australia Australia
24 1921 England 5 Australia Australia
25 1924–25 Australia 5 Australia Australia
26 1926 England 5 England England
27 1928–29 Australia 5 England England
28 1930 England 5 Australia Australia
29 1932–33 Australia 5 England England
30 1934 England 5 Australia Australia
31 1936–37 Australia 5 Australia Australia
32 1938 England 4 (5) Drawn Australia
33 1946–47 Australia 5 Australia Australia
34 1948 England 5 Australia Australia
35 1950–51 Australia 5 Australia Australia
36 1953 England 5 England England
37 1954–55 Australia 5 England England
38 1956 England 5 England England
39 1958–59 Australia 5 Australia Australia
40 1961 England 5 Australia Australia
41 1962–63 Australia 5 Drawn Australia
42 1964 England 5 Australia Australia
43 1965–66 Australia 5 Drawn Australia
44 1968 England 5 Drawn Australia
45 1970–71 Australia 6 (7) England England
46 1972 England 5 Drawn England
47 1974–75 Australia 6 Australia Australia
48 1975 England 4 Australia Australia
49 1977 England 5 England England
50 1978–79 Australia 6 England England
51 1981 England 6 England England
52 1982–83 Australia 5 Australia Australia
53 1985 England 6 England England
54 1986–87 Australia 5 England England
55 1989 England 6 Australia Australia
56 1990–91 Australia 5 Australia Australia
57 1993 England 6 Australia Australia
58 1994–95 Australia 5 Australia Australia
59 1997 England 6 Australia Australia
60 1998–99 Australia 5 Australia Australia
61 2001 England 5 Australia Australia
62 2002–03 Australia 5 Australia Australia
63 2005 England 5 England England
64 2006–07 Australia 5 Australia Australia
65 2009 England 5 England England
66 2010–11 Australia 5 England England
67 2013 England 5 England England
68 2013–14 Australia 5 Australia Australia
69 2015 England 5 England England
70 2017–18 Australia 5 Australia Australia

When is The Ashes?

The Ashes is generally played for every two years, and 2019 it is being played in England. It’s taking place slightly later in the year than normal, due to the recently played one-day World Cup.

The Ashes series begin in the first week in August and ends in mid-September.


What is the format of The Ashes?

The Ashes is five games or test matches. England need to win the series on aggregate to retake the Ashes. Australia, as the holders, only need a draw to retain the Ashes.

First Test

1–5 August 2019
Edgbaston, Birmingham

Second Test

14–18 August 2019
Lord’s, London

Third Test

22–26 August 2019
Headingley, Leeds

Fourth Test

4–8 September 2019
Old Trafford, Manchester

Fifth Test

12–16 September 2019
The Oval, London


Where can I watch The Ashes?

You can watch live at the ground, although getting a ticket could be hard work with most days sold out.

Alternatively, you can watch every ball live in the UK with Sky Sports, with Channel 7 and Fox Sports showing it in Australia.

Highlights are shown on Channel 5.


What can I bet on?

Every Bookmaker covers cricket and the Ashes present some unique bets, given the fact matches last for up to five days…

You can bet on the winners of each match, and the whole series – whilst a lot of bets come on on top run scorer for each side and top bowler, again for the series as well as the match.

Or how about trying matched betting? Matched betting is a great low-risk way to earn some extra cash while enjoying The Ashes.

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