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 2017/18 The Ashes test results the overall record stands at 33 series wins for Australia, after they regained the Ashes in 2017, and 32 series wins for England, plus five drawn series. 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.
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.
2017-18 The Ashes Series
- Champions: Australia – regained The Ashes 4-0
- Dates: November 23, 2017 – January 8, 2018
- Host Country: Australia
- Teams: Australia vs England
- Australian Captain: Steve Smith
- English Captain: Joe Root
When Is First Ashes Test?
The latest Ashes test series ran over the summer of 2017/18 and Australia hosted the competition. Because they held home ground advantage, Australia were clear favourites in early The Ashes betting to defeat England and regain the Ashes, which they did successfully as of the 3rd test leading 3 – 0. The first Ashes Test commenced at The Gabba on the 23rd November, 2017.
The official The Ashes dates for the upcoming series are November 2017 – January 2018. There are five venues expected to host games over the 2017/18 The Ashes series down under: The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the WACA Ground, The Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
2017-18 The Ashes Test Dates & Results
1st Test Result: Australia won by 10 Wickets
- Score: Australia 328 (130.3 overs) – England 302 (116.4 overs)
- Player of the Match: Steve Smith (AUS)
- Date: 23-27 November 27
- Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
2nd Test Results: Australia won by 120 runs
- Score: Australia 8/442d (149 overs) – England 227 (76.1 overs)
- Player of the Match: Shaun Marsh (AUS)
- Date: 2-6 December, 2017
- Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
3rd Test Results: Australia won by an innings of 41 runs
- Score: Australia 9/662d (179.3 overs) – England 403 (115.1 overs)
- Player of the Match: Steve Smith (AUS)
- Date: 14-18 December, 2017
- Venue: WACA Ground, Perth
4th Test Results: Match Drawn
- Score: Australia 327 (119 overs) – England 491 (144.1 overs)
- Player of the Match: Alastair Cook (ENG)
- Date: 26-30 December, 2017
- Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
5th Test Results: Australia won by an innings and 123 runs
- Score: Australia 7/659d (193 overs) – England 346 (112.3 overs)
- Player of the Match: Pat Cummings (AUS)
- Date: 4-8 January, 2018
- Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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.
- 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 five drawn The Ashes results since the first tournament in 1882-83.
Australia vs England: Overall Series Results
The Ashes Winners