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Cricket’s most celebrated rivalry,  which dates back to 1882, The Ashes series between England and Australia starts tomorrow morning 01:50am CAT.

The Sporting Times declared the death of English cricket back in 1882 when they lost to Australia at The Oval. It stated: The body will be cremated and then ashes taken to Australia. Ivo Bligh adopted the term and promised to bring the Ashes home the following winter.

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England are hot favourites to retain this years Ashes Series after showing fine form against the Proteas and the Windies earlier this season. England won the Series back in 2015 and are looking to bring the Urn back to the UK.

Whats an Ashes Series Without Banter: 

Outspoken former Aussie cricketer Mathew Hayden described the English side as “rabble” in a Brisabane Heat’s podcast

Ben Stokes hit back on Twitter by pointing out that only two of their touring members have no international experience, he added rhetorically, “he’s a cricket pundit, Yeah??”

England Team: Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, James Anderson.

David Warner is still in doubt after suffering a neck injury during a fielding practise this week while Shaun Marsh also has a stiff back. Glenn Maxwell has been called up as cover i for the two players, in case they don’t recover in time.

Australian Team: N/A

 

Stats: 

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn
All Tests 325 130 (40%) 106 (32.6%) 89 (27.4%)
Tests in Australia 162 82 (50.6%) 56 (34.6%) 24 (14.8%)
Tests in England 163 48 (29.4%) 50 (30.7%) 65 (39.9%)
All series 69 32 (46.4%) 32 (46.4%) (7.2%)
Series in Australia 34 18 (52.9%) 14 (41.2%) (5.9%)
Series in England 35 14 (40%) 18 (51.4%) (8.6%)