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It is Australia’s turn to host the 70th Ashes series, which will be played from the 23rd November 2017 until the 8th January 2018.  The Ashes dates back to 1882 and remarkably after 69 test series is completely square, with both teams on 32 wins, 32 loses and 5 draws.

Fitting therefore that the 2017-18 test series should be one of the most even, on paper at least, for a long time.  The final result will depend on which England and Australia teams we see.  Will it be the world beaters of test cricket or the teams of late that regularly witness top order collapses?

Whatever the answer this is sure to be an exciting series, one we very much doubt will produce a whitewash for either side.  As always we have filtered the best betting promotions for the event to help you get the best value, either outright or in play.  Further down you can also find details on scheduling, stats and history.

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Format and Schedule

To begin with there was not set limit on the length of an Ashes series, which in history has varied from one test up to six.  From 1998 onwards however the series has always been five tests.

In very basic terms tests are played over a period of up to five days each, with each team having up to two batting innings along with up to two attempts to bowl the other team out.

Each batting innings comprises of 10 wickets, once the other team has taken ten wickets (through bowling or otherwise) the innings is over and the other team bats.  Teams can also declare and end their innings at any time even if they have wickets remaining.

The team that cumulatively has the highest score after 20 wickets over two innings in declared the winner of that test.  Should no result be reached in five days (through rain delays or otherwise) the test is considered a draw.

The final series winner is the team that wins the most of the five test matches.  The Ashes can also be drawn, but for this to happen at least one test must be a draw.

Ashes series in England happen in a single year during the summer months of July and August (usually).  As Australia is in the southern hemisphere their summer occurs in December and January, which is why Ashes series are played over two years when Australia host.

2017/18 Ashes Test Match Schedule

Dates Location Venue Day/Night?
23rd–27th November 2017 Brisbane The Gabba No
2nd–6th December 2017 Adelaide Adelaide Oval Yes
14th–18th December 2017 Perth WACA/Perth Stadium* No
26th–30th December 2017 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground No
4th–8th January 2018 Sydney Sydney Cricket Ground No

* The WACA is scheduled to host its final test during the nest series, however with the new Perth Stadium in more advanced stages than expected it is possible the third test may be played there instead.

Ashes Venues

Venue Location Capacity Opened First Aus v Eng Test
The Gabba Brisbane  42,000  1895  1932-33
Adelaide Oval Adelaide  53,698  1871  1884-85
WACA Ground* Perth 20,000  1890  1970-71
Perth Stadium* Perth  60,000  2017-18  Never
Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne  100,024  1853  1876
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney  48,601  1848  1881-82

Ashes Statistics

All Time Ashes Records

Eng Series W/D/L Aus Series W/D/L Eng Tests W/D/L Aus Tests W/D/L
All Series 32 / 5 / 32 32 / 5 / 32 106 / 89 / 130 130 / 89 / 106
Series in England 18 / 3 / 14 14 / 3 / 18 50 / 65 / 48 48 / 65 / 50
Series in Australia 14 / 2 / 18 18 / 2 / 14 56 / 24 / 82 82 / 24 / 56

You will notice form the table above how many more test matches have historically been drawn when played in England compared Australia.

This is largely due to the reduced chances of weather affecting play in the Australian summer and something that you should consider when betting.

Previous Series Results (Since 1998)

Year Country Aus Eng Draw Winner
1998-99  Australia 3 1 1  Australia
2001  England 4 1 0  Australia
2002-03  Australia 4 1 0  Australia
2005  England 1 2 2  England
2006-07  Australia 5 0 0  Australia#
2009  England 1 2 2  England
2010-11  Australia 1 3 1  England
2013  England 0 3 2  England
2013-14  Australia 5 0 0  Australia#
2015  England 2 3 0  England
2017-18  Australia  –
2019  England  –

# Whitewash

The table above displays Ashes test series results since 1998 when the tournament was standardised at 5 tests.

No team has been particularity dominant over the last 20 years, with both winning an equal 5 series each in this time.

Other Statistics and Trivia

Statistic Value
Australia Centuries 264 (23 Over 200)
England Centuries 212 (10 Over 200)
Aus 10 Wicket Hauls  41 Times
Eng 10 Wicket Hauls  38 Times
 Aus Time Ashes Held  78 Years 6 Months
 Eng Time Ashes Held  53 Years 6 Months

Data current up to the last complete series (2015).

Ashes News: Aussie Pay Dispute Resolved

It was widely reported that the next Ashes is under threat due to a long running pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA, the governing body) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ASA).

Every five years a ‘new memorandum of understanding’, basically a contract and payment structure, must be agreed between the two bodies. The deadline for the deal to be renewed was the 30th June 2017, which passed, resulting in over 200 Australian professional cricketers currently being out of contract.

Effectively CA want to move away from a model of revenue sharing with players, which it now says is unsustainable, to a new model that funnels more money to the grass-roots. Players believe this is unfair as they are the star attraction and without them the revenue wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Fortunately the dispute was resolved in early August. With The Ashes still the pinnacle tournament of test cricket there was far too much money and vested interest from sponsors and TV rights holders to allow this to overshadow the best test cricket tournament in the work happen.

History of The Ashes

The first test between England and Australia was played in 1877 and this, along with the following 8 tests, had nothing to do with the Ashes.

In 1882 Australia played England in a single test at the Oval.  England who were in a commanding position went on to collapse in the second innings, gifting victory to Australia in front of an astonished Oval crowd.  How could England be beaten in their own country by an Imperial colony many thought?

The ensuing reaction in the press suggested English cricket had died on that day and an accompanying obituary stated the ‘The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia‘.

Later that year on a tour of Australia (1882-83) the England captain, Ivo Bligh, promised he would ‘recover those ashes’ for England.  The magazine Punch stated Ivo would ‘come back with the urn’ and in humour Lady Clarke found a small urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes inside and presented those to Ivo.

The true origin of the ashes is however shrouded in mystery with several competing stories, another states that the ashes were presented to England by a group of Melbourne ladies following a defeat in 1883.

Either way the name came and went in popularity.  It was revived for the 1903 test when the then Australia captain, Pelham Warner, vowed to regain ‘the ashes’.  The media again latched onto the name and from then on it became the unofficial name for England v Australia test match series.

It was only upon the death of Ivo Bligh (now Lord Darnley) in 1927 that the urn became public knowledge.  The terracotta urn, believed to be a perfume jar originally, was presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).  It is now on permanent display in their museum.

Due to the frailty of the ashes, the urn has only actually visited Australia twice.  The urn held aloft by the Ashes victors is always a replica.

Whether the Ashes on display in the MCC museum are ‘real’, and whether the story of their origin is true, is largely unknown.  What does matter is the symbolic nature of the ashes and the added importance and history they give to the test series between England and Australia.