The Ashes Series 2019

1st August - 16th September, 2019

The 2019 Ashes Series was drawn 2-2 with Australian retaining The Ashes

The Ashes Test is a time-honoured cricket series played between Australia and England since the early 1800s. Officially the first The Ashes tournament took place in 1882-83 when the Australian cricket team enjoyed their maiden Test win in England.

A traditional Ashes series consists of a 5-match series and after the 2018/19 The Ashes test results the overall record stands at 33 series wins for Australia, after they regained the Ashes in 2018, and 32 series wins for England, plus six drawn series including the 2018/19 The Ashes Series Draw. There has been a number of times over The Ashes history when four-match series (1983, 1975) and six-match series (1970–71, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993 and 1997) have taken place.

England and Australia take turns in hosting The Ashes series at least every four years. England held the latest The Ashes title from 2015 after they beat the green-and-gold team in three of the five tests that year, but failed to retain the title losing the 2017-18 series after the opening three tests all went Australia’s way before the 4th test was a Match draw and the Aussies won again in the fifth and final test.

Australia then retained The Ashes after the 2018/19 series was drawn.

The Ashes team that wins the majority of the tests over the series are said to hold The Ashes. If the series is a draw, the previous holders retain the Ashes Trophy.

The Ashes dates are announced more than a year in advance. The Ashes schedule of matches, also known as The Ashes fixtures, traditionally run from November to January the following year during the summer cricket season.

2019 The Ashes Series

  • Result: Australia retained The Ashes after the five-match series was drawn
  • Dates: August 1, 2019 – 16 September, 2019
  • Host Country: England
  • Teams: Australia vs England
  • Australian Captain: Tim Paine
  • English Captain: Joe Root

When Is the Ashes Test?

The official The Ashes dates for the latest series were August 2019 – September 2019. There were five venues that hosted games over the 2019 The Ashes series in England: Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.

The 2019 The Ashes series kicked off later than previous editions in England and Wales due to the 2019 Cricket World Cup taking place from May – July.

The Ashes First Test 2019 was won by Australia in an upset. Australia won by 251 runs defeating England at Edgbaston.

The Ashes Second Test 2019 resulted in a Match Drawn, rain halting play at Lord’s, as Australia kept the series alive in a thrilling draw.

The Ashes Third Test 2019 saw England win by just 1 wicket keeping The Ashes Series alive.

The Ashes Fourth Test 2019 saw Australia win by 185 runs and as a result of the fourth Ashes Test, Australia retained the Ashes.

The Ashes Fifth Test 2019 saw England save face with a 135 run victory. 




2019 The Ashes Test Dates & Results

1st Test Result: Australia won by 251 runs

  • Score: Australia 284 (80.4 over) def. England 374 (135.5 overs) 
  • Player of the Match: Steve Smith 144 (219)
  • Date: 1-5 August, 2019
  • Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Australia went into The Ashes First Test as the underdogs but came away with their first victory at Edgbaston since 2001. The Ashes 2019 First Test Result was the first time the Aussies had won a First Test in an Ashes Series in England since 2015. Steve Smith was awarded the Player of the Match for after scoring a century in each innings. Australia won the First Test by 251 runs and head into The Ashes Second Test in 2019 with a 1-0 lead over England.

2nd Test Results: Match Drawn

  • Score: England 258 (77.1 overs) v Australia 250 (94.3 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Ben Stokes (England)
  • Date: 14-18 August, 2019
  • Venue: Lord’s, London

After winning the opening test, Australia secured a draw in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. With the dramatic The Ashes Test draw, the Aussies have kept their hopes of consecutive series’ wins alive. Australia finished 6 – 154 after targeting 267.
3rd Test Results: England Won By 1 Wicket

  • Score: Australia 179 (52.1 overs) v England 67 (27.5 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Ben Stokes (England)
  • Date: 22-26 August, 2019
  • Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Following England’s 1 Wicket Win in the Third Ashes Test, Ben Stokes was awarded Player of the Match for the second time on the trot. England’s winning The Ashes Third Test Score of 67 was their lowest against Australia in the Ashes since way back in 1948. Also noteworthy for England was that it was their highest successful run chase in Tests. Interestingly, The Ashes Third Test saw the batting outclass the bowling at Leeds for both sides.

4th Test Results: Australia won by 185 runs

  • Score: Australia 497/8d (126 overs) v England 301 (107 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Steve Smith (Aus)
  • Date: 4-8 September, 2019
  • Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Australia continued their outstanding The Ashes 2019 series in England retaining the Urn to take out the series with a 185 run victory in the Fourth Test.

5th Test Results: England won by 135 runs 

  • Score: England 294 (87.1 overs) v Australia 225 (68.5 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Jofra Archer (Eng)
  • Date: 12-16 September, 2019
  • Venue: The Oval, London

England won the fifth and final The Ashes Test in 2019 with a 135 run victory. During the fifth test England’s captain Joe Root scored his 7,000th run in Tests. Australian Steve Smith meanwhile made Test cricket history as the first batsman to register 10 successive scores of 50 plus against a single opponent.

The Ashes Odds & Betting

Betting on The Ashes scores is very popular with Aussie punters and cricket fans. The Ashes series betting is open as soon as the date of the next tournament is announced, sometimes over a year out from the Test.

Futures The Ashes odds list prices on Australia and England to win as well as a longer price for a drawn Ashes series result. As The Ashes date approaches and the match schedule is set, more Ashes betting markets open up.

Popular cricket betting odds available on The Ashes Test include: Highest Score, Most Sixes, Top Runscorer, Batsman To Score 50, Total Runs and Top Wicket Taker. Other The Ashes odds on offer include the Correct Ashes Series Score and Retain/Regain The Ashes. The Ashes betting is also open on the Player of the Series.

Home country advantage can sway The Ashes odds, which often favour the side hosting the series. Markets on The Ashes winner however change test-by-test and the venue isn’t the only thing for cricket punters to factor in.

The Ashes History

The term “The Ashes” has an interesting history and refers to that very first English home ground loss to the Aussies in 1882-83, reports of English cricket dying reading as “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.

Early during The Ashes history, England dominated and won two of the opening three Tests against Australia. This led to a small urn, reportedly holding the ashes of a wooden bail, being handed to then English captain Ivo Bligh – “the ashes of Australian cricket.” The Ashes urn remains an unofficial trophy in the series. The modern-day Ashes Trophy however is made of Waterford Crystal. This new-look The Ashes urn has been awarded to the series winners since 1998-99.

Australia and England played their first Test match in Melbourne back in 1877, but the legend of The Ashes didn’t become part of cricket history until a few years later when they faced off in their ninth test in 1882.

The Ashes Records

Over the long and rich history of one of the great cricket rivalries, plenty of The Ashes records have been achieved. Australia holds the record for both the most runs and most wickets during an Ashes series held by the legendary Don Bradman (5,028) and modern-day champion Shane Warne (195) respectively.

don bradman ashes record

Sir Don Bradman has the most runs in Ashes History. Photo by The Guardian.

  • Most Runs: Don Bradman (AUS) 5,028
  • Most Wickets: Shane Warne (AUS) 195
  • Total Years Held: Australia (78.5 from 132 since 1883)
  • Most Centuries Made: Australia (264)

The longest The Ashes drought lasted from 1989 – 2005, England unable to defeat Australia in a single series during that time. Australia have held The Ashes for approximately 78.5 years and England for 53.5kg years in the 133 years the series has run (since 1883).

There are some other interesting unofficial “The Ashes Records” held by some heroes of the game including Aussie great David Boon who reportedly enjoyed 52 beers on the flight to England. A proud record for Boonie to hold indeed!

The Ashes Results

Before the 2017/18 The Ashes series, Australia and England had equal bragging rights holding 32 Ashes series wins each. Australia nudged ahead however securing their 33rd The Ashes Series success with a 4-0 victory over their old foes in 2017/18. There has also been six drawn The Ashes results since the first tournament in 1882-83 with the latest being in 2018/19.

Australia vs England: Overall Series Results

Nation Series Won Lost Drawn
Australia 71 33 32 6
England 71 32 34 6

The Ashes Winners