The Ashes is a Test series contested between Australia and England. The origins of The Ashes date back to 1882, when after Australia had defeated England at The Oval, a British newspaper published a obituary to English cricket stating that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.
The Ashes series are hosted in turn by England and Australia at least once every two years, traditionally over a five match Test series. The Ashes are held by the winner of the Test series, whilst they are retained by the current holder in the event of a draw.
As of 2018, there had been 70 Ashes series, with Australia winning 33, England 32 and 5 drawn series. Australia are the current holders, having won the 2017-18 series 4-0.
Upcoming Ashes series
The next Ashes series is due to take place in England in 2019.
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