The Ashes Series 2021/22

December 8th, 2021 - January 18th, 2022

The 2021-22 Ashes Series saw Australia successfully defend the Ashes by winning the first three Test matches, drawing in the fourth and returning to win the fifth to win the series 4-0.

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 as of the 2021/22 The Ashes test results the overall record stands at 35 series wins for Australia, after they regained the Ashes in the 2021/22 series, and 32 series wins for England, plus six drawn series including most recently 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 and again in the 2021/22 Ashes series, after Scott Boland achieved the third best bowling figures in the history of Australian cricket at 6-7 (4 overs) and Australia winning the first three Test matches.

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.

2021/22 The Ashes Series

  • Result: Australia retained The Ashes winning the series 4-0
  • Dates: December 8, 2021 – January 18, 2022
  • Host Country: Australia
  • Teams: Australia vs England
  • Australian Captain: Pat Cummins
  • English Captain: Joe Root

When Is the Ashes Test?

The official The Ashes dates for the latest series were December 8, 2021 until January 18, 2022 and was known as The Vodafone Ashes Series 2021–22.

The 2021-22 Ashes First Test (December 8 – 12, 2021) saw Australia win by nine wickets at The Gabba. History was made with Travis Head scoring a century off 85 balls, the fastest Test century at the Gabba.

The 2021-22 Ashes Second Test (December 16 – 20, 2021) saw Australia win by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval after Australia won the toss and chose to bat. England’s Stuart Broad played in his 150th Test, while Australia’s Player of the Match Marnus Labuschagne scored his sixth Test century, and first against England.

The Ashes Third Test (December 26 – 30, 2021) saw Australia retain The Ashes winning the series ahead of the final two tests. Australia won the Third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by an innings and 14 runs. Australia won the toss again and chose to field. Australia’s Scott Boland made his Test debut and went on to be named Player of the Match in the third Test.

The Ashes Fourth Test (January 5 – 9, 2022) resulted in a drawn match. 

The Ashes Fifth Test (January 14 – 18, 2022) saw Australian win by 146 runs to take out the series 4-0. Travis Head was named the Player of the Match for the second time in the series, the Aussie batsman also taking out the honours in the opening Test.


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2021/22 The Ashes Test Dates & Results

1st Test Result: Australia won by 9 wickets

  • Score: Australia 425 (104.3 overs) def. England 147 (50.1 overs) 
  • Player of the Match: Travis Head (Australia)
  • Date: 8-12 December, 2021
  • Venue: The Gabba,  Brisbane

2nd Test Results: Australia won by 275 runs 

  • Score: Australia 473/9d (150.4 overs) def. England 236 (84.1 overs
  • Player of the Match: Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
  • Date: 16-20 December, 2021
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

3rd Test Results: Australia won by an innings and 14 runs

  • Score: Australia 267 (87.5 overs) def. England 185 (65.1 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Scott Boland (Australia)
  • Date: 26-30 December, 2021
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

4th Test Results: Match Drawn

  • Score: Australia 8/416d (134 overs) – England 294 (79.1 overs)
  • Player of the Match:  Usman Khawaja (Australia)
  • Date: 5-9 January, 2022
  • Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

5th Test Results: Australia won by 146 runs

  • Score: Australia 303 (75.4 overs) def. England 188 (47.4 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Travis Head (Australia)
  • Date: 14-18 January, 2022
  • Venue: Blundstone Arena, Hobart

The Ashes 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. They made it 34 and 35 series wins respectively when retaining The Ashes in both 2019 and after the 2021-22 series. 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 73 35 32 6
England 73 32 36 6

The Ashes Winners