October 30 was a massive day for the England cricket team. They took on deadly rivals Australia in the T20 Cricket World Cup and gave them one heck of a beating. Now they hope that kind of form can be repeated in the Ashes test series that begins in early December.
Whether either of these countries win the T20 World Cup this month remains to be seen. It’s the Ashes that are far more important than the hit-and-hope 20 overs-a-side games. For any player, being in a winning Ashes team is one of the highlights of their career.
2021/22 Ashes Test Series
The 2021/22 Ashes series takes place in Australia and the First Test begins on December 8. There are five tests to be played with the final one due to begin on January 14. The hope will be that the battle to win the Ashes will still be alive come the Fifth Test. To be fair, England might be happy if they are still in with a chance of regaining the Ashes test series when the Fourth Test begins.
Australia is the current holder of the Ashes. They won the famous urn in the 2017/18 series held on home soil. There’s been just one series since then and that was held in England in 2019 and was drawn 2-2. If we get a series like that this winter, then all cricket fans are in for a treat.
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Ashes: Through the History
The first Ashes series was played in 1882/83. This is the 72nd series and Australia have won 33 and England 32. Can England regain the Ashes test series and level the scores? It’s going to be a tough task with England winning only one of the last eight Ashes series played in Australia.
England last won an Ashes series in Australia in 2010/11. In the two series played down under since then, it’s been one-way traffic with 5-0 and 4-0 series wins for the Australians. The team that plays Australia in this Ashes test series will see plenty of changes from the one currently playing in the United Arab Emirates.
The Ashes test series is what cricket is all about. Well, the actual game is anyway, it’s not quite that way as far as the fans go. There’s still loads of noise and people in fancy dress, not what we used to see in days gone by.
England will have to raise their game to regain the Ashes test series. Too many times their batting leaves a lot to be desired. The thought of them facing the Australian fast bowlers on a wicket that suits them down to the ground is not one to look forward too. Joe Root and Ben Stokes need to be on top form as does their ageing bowling line-up.
Those fans who stay up into the early hours to watch or listen to the Ashes, may have some worrying nights ahead of them. But oh the joy if England could beat Australia.