The Ashes 2021-22: Australia vs England Schedule, Squads, Head-To-Head and Other Records
The Ashes 2021-22
The five-match Ashes 2021-22 test series between Australia and England is set to commence from 8th December 2021 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Host Australia will also defend the trophy after winning it in 2017-18 and regaining it in the 2019 Ashes series in England.
Despite having home conditions, Australia won't have a freeway to win the series after their captain Tim Paine stepped down from the role due to improper conduct. Australia will have a new Test captain from this series.
Here's a look at the schedule of the Ashes 2021-22 along with head-to-head, and other records:
The Ashes 2021-22: Australia v England Complete Schedule
Australia vs England, 1st Test: Dec 8 - Dec 12
The Gabba, Brisbane | 10 AM (Local) & 5:30 AM (IST)
Australia vs England, 2nd Test: Dec 16 - Dec 20
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide | 2:30 PM (Local) & 9:30 AM (IST)
Australia vs England, 3rd Test: Dec 26 - Dec 30
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne | 10:30 AM (Local) & 5 AM (IST)
Australia vs England, 4th Test: Jan 05 - Jan 09
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney | 10:30 AM (Local) & 5 AM (IST)
Australia vs England, 5th Test: Jan 14 - Jan 18
Perth Stadium, Perth | 10:30 AM (Local) & 8 AM (IST)
Australia Squad For Ashes 2021-22
Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
England Squad For Ashes 2021-22
Joe Root (Captain), Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Ashes 'The Oldest Cricket Rivalry': In Numbers.
The Ashes is a 5-match test series played between England & Australia, and hosted in either Australia & England. 'Ashes' is the oldest cricket series - which carries a significant history with it. It started all the way back in 1882, when a British newspaper - The Sporting Times - originated the term 'Ashes' in a satarical obituary.
Australin team registered its first win on English soil at The Oval in 1882. Sporting Times regarded this as the 'death' of English cricket and the obituary said 'the body will be cremated & the ashes be taken to Australia'. England then went on to win 2 out of 3 matches in their Australian tour 1882-83. An urn, symbolic to the 'Ashes' mentioned by the newspaper, was presented to the English captain Ivo Bligh.
Since Bligh's death, different replicas of the urn are presented to the winners as trophies. An ashes traditionally consists of 5 test matches, hosted in turn by England and Australia atleast once every two years. The Ashes are regarded being held by the team who most recently won the series. In case of series draw, the team which is holding the Ashes continue to do so.
Let's take a look at this Ashes series history in terms of interesting facts & numbers :
Head-to-Head Record: Australia vs England In Ashes
England & Australia have faced off against each other for a total of 335 tests, since 1887. Australia leads the head-to-head record in the Ashes with 136 wins, while their rivals England have 108. 91 of the 335 matches have ended as a draw.
Australia have held the Ashes urn for 33 times while England have held it on 32 occasions. Six times the series has ended in a draw.
Australia also have held the Ashes urn for the longest period of time, from 1934 to 1953, a period of 19 years.
England recorded the highest team total in the history of Ashes, when they declared at a score of 903/7 in the Ashes 1938-39. This was the last match of the series. England scored 903 runs in the first innings and ended up winning the match by an innings and 579 runs, which is also the biggest win by margin of runs in Ashes history.
The top three lowest scores in the Ashes belong to the Australian side. Australia was dismissed for a team total of 36 in the first match of 1902 Ashes series in England, which remains to be the lowest team total in the Ashes history. Slow left arm orthodox English bowler Wilfred Rhodes picked up 7 wickets, while the match ended in a draw.
Smallest Margin Of Victory
The 2nd test of 2005 Ashes series, played at Birmingham, is widely regarded as the greatest test match of all time. Australians were chasing 282 in the 4th innings of the match, and lost the match by just 2 runs. England levelled the series 1-1 and kept their series hopes alive.
Now, let's take a look at individual batting records in the Ashes series.
Australian legend Don Bradman, has the most runs to his name in the Ashes. He has scored 5,028 runs, averaging 89.78 in the 20 year span between 1928-1948 wherein he participated in the Ashes.
Most Runs In A Series
Bradman smashed 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes series at an average of 139.14. He smacked 4 centuries, 2 double hundreds and a world record score of 334.
Sir Len Hutton of England has the record of highest score in a test match. This innings came in cause of England 903/7 against Australia in 1938, wherein English opener Hutton scored 364 runs of 837 balls while opening the innings.
Most 50+ Scores
Sir Don Bradman holds this record alongwith his records of most runs in Ashes. He has smaked 19 centuries & 12 fifities, a total of 31 fifty+ scores.
Batting is an important aspect of test cricket as it tests the patience and resillience of the batters. However, the sure shot way of winning a test match is by taking 20 wickets. Here are some bowling records in the Ashes.
Legendary Australian Leg Spinner Shane Warne has the most wickets to his name in the Ashes. He has taken 195 wickets in 36 matches, within a span of 14 years (1993-2007).
Best Bowling Figures In A Match
Jim Laker, right arm off break bowler from England has the best figures in a match in the Ashes history. Laker picked up 19 out of 20 Australian wickets in the first test of Ashes 1956. England won the match by an innings & 170 runs.
Most Wickets In A Series
Jim Laker again, has the record of taking the most wickets in an Ashes series. Laker picked up 46 wickets, in the same series (Ashes 1956) in which he picked up 19 wickets in the fourth test match.
Most Ten Wicket Hauls In A Match
English pacer, Tom Richardson & Australian leggie Shane Warne, both of these bowlers have registered 11 5-wicket hauls & 4 10-wicket hauls. However, Richardson played for a lesser time than Shane Warne, and is considered to hold this record in the Ashes.
Let's take a look at a few Wicketkeeping records.
Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has the most dismissals to his name in the Ashes - with 135 dismissal in 33 matches.
Most Dismissals In A Match
4 Australian keepers are tied for this record with 9 dismissals in each of their respective matches. These 4 Australian keepers are: Gin Langley, Rod Marsh, Ian Healy & Adam Gilchrist.
Finally, lets go through some of the fielding records in the Ashes.
English cricketer Ian Botham has the most catches to his name with 54 catches in 32 matches.
Most Catches In A Match
Australian batter Greg Chappel has the record of most catches in an Ashes match, with 7 catches in the second test match of the Ashes 1974-75. Australians ended up winning the match by 9 wickets.
Bonus Miscellaneous Facts:
Australia's William Ponsford & Sir Don Bradman have the highest partnership to their name. Ponsford scored 266 while Bradman scored 244, constructing a partnership of 451 in the 5th test of the Ashes 1934. Australia won this match by 563 runs.
Syd Grgeory holds the record for playing the most matches in Ashes. He has played 52 matches, over a period of 22 years. He has scored 2,193 runs in the process.
In the upcoming Ashes series, scheduled to star from December 8, Australia will host England for the 72nd version of the Ashes to be played between these two teams. Australia are holding the Ashes urn going into the series as they had won it at their home in 2017/18 and managed to draw the series in England in 2019.