In 1882, Australia saw their first Test victory on English soil, at The Oval.Immediately after, a satirical obituary was published in a British newspaper, The Sporting. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and "the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia". The mythical ashes immediately became associated with the 1882–83 series played in Australia, before which the English captain Ivo Bligh had vowed to "regain those ashes". The English media therefore dubbed the tour the quest to regain the Ashes, giving birth to cricket's fiercest rivalry. An Ashes series is traditionally of five Tests, hosted in turn by England and Australia at least once every two years. Australia and England have won 32 series each and five series have been draw. What will take the urn home this time? Rank and Share!
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Here's the Aussie team for the series: Steve Smith (c),David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Chadd Sayers and Mitchell Starc.
Here's the English squad for 2017-2018 Ashes: Joe Root (c),James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk),Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Steven Finn, Ben Foakes (wk), Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Mark Stoneman,Chris Woakes and James Vince.
A team must win a series to gain the right to hold the Ashes. A drawn series results in the previous holders retaining the Ashes.Out of 69 series that have been played, five series were drawn. It might happen again this year. Image courtesy: English Cricket Board
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