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England will host the next Ashes series which will be played a little later than normal due to the new test World Cup. The Ashes was established in 1882 and it is impressive that the result is nearly square with 32 England’s wins, 33 losses and 5 draws.
Considering the rivalry, we expect an exciting series also because England will want to bounce back from the 4-0 defeat suffered down under. As always there are a huge amount of betting offers available on the Ashes and we have summarised them all here. Take advantage of all the value provided, either outright or in play during the event. Below you will also find more details on The Ashes including format and history.
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In the past, there was no limit set on the length of an Ashes series, which could have varied from 1 to 6. From 1998 however, the series has always been a total of five tests.
Tests are played on a period that goes up to five days with every team that has up to 2 batting innings and up to attempts to bowl the other side out. Every batting innings have a total of 10 wickets, and once the other team has got 10 wickets the innings is concluded, and the other team starts to bat.
The team that has the highest score after a total of 20 wickets over 2 innings has won the test. If no result has been reached in 5 days than the test is a draw.
The winner of the final series is the squad that has won most of the five test matches. The Ashes could also be a draw but for this to happen it has to be at least one test that is a draw.
When the Ashes is in England it is during the summer months (July or August) while when it is in Australia it is played in December or January (local summer). This is why when Australia is hosting the Ashes is played over two years.
History of The Ashes
The first cricket test match between England and Australia took place in 1877. In the beginning, the test matches had nothing to do with the Ashes. In 1882 Australia faced England in a single test at the Oval. England who were winning solidly collapsed in the second innings and gave away the victory to Australia in front of a disappointed crowd. How it was possible that England was defeated in their own field by an Imperial colony?
The reaction in the press was extreme and suggested that England cricket died on that day with the body that will be cremated and ashes that will go to Australia.
Later on that year, England captain Ivo Bligh, promises that his team would ‘recover those ashes’ for The Three Lions. The magazine Punch came up with the headline ‘comeback with the urn’. Lady Clarke found a small urn and put the ashes inside and gave it to Ivo.
The real origin of the ashes is controversial and there are many different stories about it. Either way, the name started to gain popularity and was revived when in 1903 Australia captain Warner said that he would be keen to regain ‘the ashes’. The media attached the name to the tournament which became the unofficial way of naming England v Australia test match series.
After the death of Ivo Bligh, in 1927 the urn was presented to the public. The urn which is made of terracotta was presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club. It is now displayed in their museum. Since the Ashes urn is very frail, it has only been in Australia a couple of times. The one that we see nowadays is a replica.
We don’t know if the Ashes that are in the Marylebone Cricket Club is real and if the story is true but what we know is that the whole thing has added lots of importance to the test series that are played every two years between England and Australia.