The Ashes is one of the most historic test series played in Cricket. Australia and England play at least once in every two years. The competition dates back to a series played between the two countries across 1882 and 1883.
Head to Head : Australia Vs England, Ashes 2021-22
Since 1882, 71 of total Ashes series have taken place and the two nations remain pretty much equal. Australia has won 33, England has won 32 with six drawn series between them. It is a heated yet respectful rivalry that has produced some breathtaking moments over the years for cricket fans around the globe. The last series took place in 2019 and resulted in a 2-2 draw – the first since 1972.
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Schedule and Venue : Australia Vs England, Ashes 2021-22
Australia are set to host this year’s Ashes, which is scheduled to kick off from December 8th in Brisbane and run through until January 2022. Two out of the five games will be pink ball test, thus the second and fifth game of test series will be played under lights.
|Australia vs England, 1st Test||Dec 8 – Dec 12, 2021||The Gabba, Brisbane||5:30 AM|
|Australia vs England, 2nd Test||Dec 16- Dec 20, 2021||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||9:30 AM|
|Australia vs England, 3rd Test||Dec 26- Dec 30, 2021||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||5:00 AM|
|Australia vs England, 4th Test||Jan 5- Jan 9, 2022||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||5:00 AM|
|Australia vs England, 5th Test||Jan 14 to Jan 18, 2022||TBA||8:00 AM|
The western Australia cricket has announced that they will not host the fifth Ashes test match at the WACA in Perth due to border restrictions. The schedule remains same for the Ashes series, except the change in venue for the fifth test match. The changed venue has not been decided yet . Hobart and Melbourne are the contenders to host the fifth Ashes test. The test matches will be played under lights and the broadcasting will be done in the evening. Hobart is slight favorite to host the fifth test over Melbourne because MCG is going to host the 2nd Ashes test. Hobart has not hosted a single test match since 2016.
Squads & Team News : Australia Vs England, Ashes 2021-22
The Australian board has announced its full and final 15-member squad for the 1st and 2nd Ashes Test matches against England. It’s officially confirmed that the young and talented wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey gonna be making his Test debut for his national side that too at a big stage like the Ashes.
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Australia’s Ashes squad: Pat Cummins (C), Alex Carey(WK). Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith(VC), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
Usman Khawaja and Jhye Richardson were recalled for the ashes due to their impressive performances in domestic cricket. Pat Cummins will be leading the side and a lot of things will be dependent on Khawaja and David Warner, a good start will create a perfect base for the Australian middle order to build on. Mitchell Starc will be a point of concern because we haven’t seen him in his prime form for a long time now and the Australian side seems to be a bit imbalanced and unstable at the moment.
Australia’s Playing XI for First Test: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (captain), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Jofra Archer is out of the Ashes due to an elbow injury and this is a huge blow for England but Ben Stokes is back after taking a short break from international cricket. Stuart Broad and James Anderson will be a huge problem for the Australian batsman, England team is looking more stable and comfortable in all the departments.
England squad:Joe Root (Captain), Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The only thing which is in favour of the Australian side right now is the home ground and the support from the crowd will play an important role in keeping players morale high. Australia will also be having pressure on their shoulders of being a defending champion but that also gives them an advantage of winning the Ashes even if they draw the series.
So, Who is gonna get better of whom? Anderson or Warner? Pat Cummins or Bairstow? who will be the top scorer for their respective teams, Joe Root or Steve smith? and the wait is worth it to find the answers to all these questions. The biggest test battle ‘Ashes’ is gonna take off from 8th December.