If the World Cup remains the pinnacle of the 50-over game, for England and Australia there’s nothing quite like a renewal of Test cricket’s oldest rivalry. But now there’s arguably more at stake for both sides than the series result.
The oldest rivalry in international cricket history is set to resume with England and Australia locking horns in the first Test of The Ashes series in Birmingham on August 1. The Test match will also mark the beginning of World Test Championship, ICC’s dream project which had been in the pipeline for some time.
Australia is the holders of The Ashes urn after they won the last series at home 4-0 against England. The most famous trophy in the sport has been won by Australia 33 times while England is just behind with 32 and are looking like the favourites to reclaim it in September.
The Ashes series has been played a total of 70 times in 346 Tests with Australia winning a total of 144 as compared to England’s 108 matches. 94 Tests have ended in draws. Apart from a trophy, the winning team will get the urn which contains the mythical remains of England cricket.
England is riding high on confidence before heading into the Ashes after just having being crowned world champions. Australia, who were knocked out by England in the semi-finals of the World Cup, will be looking to exact revenge albeit in the longest format.