This is a series of Test matches played between England and Australia. It is usually held every two years, with the two countries taking turns to host it. It normally comprises at least five, sometimes six, five-day matches. It has been held 70 times since England hosted the first series – this one being a one-off match – in 1882.
The first of five Tests to be held in this year's edition will get under way on August 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The last day of the final Test is scheduled to be held on September 16 at the Oval, London.
The series will be held in five stadiums across four cities: Edgbaston (Birmingham), Lord's (London), Headingley (Leeds), Old Trafford (Manchester) and the Oval (London).
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A brief history:
England and Australia are cricket's traditional rivals. They have played 346 Tests against each other since 1877, with England winning 108 times and Australia 144. They have drawn on 94 occasions.
Although they played their first ever Test at Melbourne in March 1877, the Ashes series kicked off with a solitary Test at the Oval in London in December 1882.
After England's defeat in that game, a mock obituary appeared in the Sporting Times newspaper declaring the death of English cricket. "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia," the obit read, inspiring captain Ivo Bligh to make the pledge to bring the "Ashes" home from Australia after the return series.
While Australia have won more Tests than England, the series head-to-head is much closer, at 33-32 to Australia, with five series having been drawn.
However, it should be noted that while Australia are holders of the urn – by virtue of having won it at home in 2017 – England have won five of the last eight series and not lost at home since 2001.
England: Joe Root
Australia: Tim Paine
England: Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
Australia: Tim Paine, Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.