The sensational summer of cricket continues as England and Australia go head-to-head for The Ashes over the coming weeks.
The grudge Test match series has been a regular event since 1883 and remains one of the most important and most popular events in the sporting calendar.
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Many of England’s stars are fresh from an outrageous triumph in the 2019 Cricket World Cup as they beat New Zealand in a Super Over to claim the trophy.
Tournament stars Jofra Archer and Jason Roy are likely to be drafted into the Ashes’ line-up with the Aussies trekking back to England determined to halt further cricket success on British soil.
Australia’s 17-Man Squad: Tim Paine (C & WK), Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes (VC), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran
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After a long period of Australian domination both home and away during the 1990s and early 2000s, the past decade has seen the urn change hands regularly between both teams.
Australia won convincingly in the 2017/18 series but buoyant England will be hoping to get revenge.
Dates: Thursday 12th – Monday 16th September 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Why is it called The Ashes?
The term originates from The Sporting Life newspaper, which in 1882 published a satirical obituary of English cricket after Australia had beaten England at The Oval – the first time the tourists won a game on English soil.
The piece stated that “the body [of English cricket] will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”
The following Test series was thus dubbed by the media as an attempt to win the ‘ashes’ of cricket back, with then-England cricket captain Ivo Bligh vowing to “regain those ashes.”
The name has stuck for well over a century.