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.
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.
1–5 August 2019
14–18 August 2019
22–26 August 2019
4–8 September 2019
Old Trafford, Manchester
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.
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