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History of Test Cricket: Australia vs. England: The Ashes

by on July 29, 2018
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Test Cricket series between Australian and English Cricket teams are also known as the Ashes. The rivalry between Australia and England is one of the most celebrated rivalries in the history of cricket. Australia, however, has an edge over England in the Ashes. Australia won 133 out of the 328 Ashes, and England only 106. Five Ashes, nonetheless, resulted in a draw.


The word ‘Ashes’ have its origin from the solitary Test match that took place between the two countries in 1882 at The Oval. The English team lost the match. ‘The Sporting Times’ declared the death of cricket for the English cricket team by posting a mock obituary that stated that ‘‘The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.’’ Afterwards, the captain of English cricket team, Ivo Bligh, embraced the term ‘Ashes’ and gave his word to bring the ‘Ashes’ back home. The English team kept his word. They consecutively won the next 8 Ashes.


After the consecutive victories of the English team, the Australian team made a come back and for the first the after 1882, won the series from 2-1 in 1891-92.


Australia remained unbeaten in 1920-21.


The Australian team visited UK in 1948 and won the test series. The Cricket freaks found out that the title of The Invincibles were given to them due to this series.


England won by 5-1, that is the greatest winning margin achieved by any English team against Australia.


The test match series held in 2006-2007 between the two countries was won by the Australians.


The Aussies proved it again in 2013-2014 that they were the better side as compared to England.

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Can England shock Australia and win the Ashes this summer?

by on June 22, 2015
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After a disappointing few years under the leadership of Peter Moores, England cricket team appear to have turned a corner and have impressed during new head coach Trevor Bayliss’ short spell at the helm. They drew the two-match Test series 1-1 as they earned a dominant 124 run victory in the opening game before the Black Caps thrashed the hosts by 199 runs to level the series. In the five-match One Day International series, England were once again patchy but showed that they can grit their teeth and snatch victory when it really matters as Jonny Bairstow’s miraculous 83 saved the hosts after they stumbled to 45-4 earlier in the innings. After a significant improvement, many punters will be backing England to go on and lift the Ashes trophy this summer despite their inconsistent performances with the bat. We take a look at the upcoming series and give our thoughts on whether the hosts can claim the victory over their archrivals.


Australia haven’t won an Ashes series in England since the turn of the millennium and the hosts will be looking for that to continue this summer. Alistair Cook’s side must improve further if they are to compete directly against the scoring power of David Warner, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, who is arguably the best batsman in the sport. The Wallabies are exceptionally strong and England’s bowlers cannot afford to give their opponents easy chances to bat their way into the match or the hosts will find themselves chasing staggering totals. The likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad must remain focussed on their own game and refuse to be drawn into any ‘banter’ with the Australian batsmen at the crease. In terms of the psychological battle, they shouldn’t be afraid to bowl the odd bouncer but must certainly avoid any verbal confrontation.


Likewise, England’s batsmen should concentrate on their own game rather than trying to rile up the Australian bowlers. The likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle are both capable of hurting England’s batsmen and getting the ball to swing – especially if they are egged on by England’s players. In an Ashes series, players must expect verbal confrontation but there is little need to stoke the fire further and encourage the Australians to up their intensity. If England want to win, they must avoid psychological warfare and focus on their cricket. With a bit of luck, they are more than capable of lifting the urn at the end of the five match Test series in August.