Out of the frying pan of the World Cup and into the fire of the Ashes, the English summer rumbles on. Australia haven’t won in England since 2001, but with England’s batting woes and a world-class bowling attack to throw at them, could this be the year?
Do the venues offer any clues? Here we look at the five host stadia and their Ashes records. The ECB are rolling out a host of traditional venues for this summer, each with its own distinct Ashes history. If you want to see who the favourites are for the series, cricket betting by BetEasy has the latest odds.
1st Test 1-5 August Edgbaston
14 Ashes Tests, six England wins, five draws, three Australia wins
Edgbaston is something of a favourite for England, casting an historical smile on the hosts. Australia haven’t won here since 2001, the last time they won the Ashes in England. England obliterated the visitors here in 2015 and Edgbaston was the turning point of the 2005 series, where England won by two runs to ignite their Ashes charge.
2nd Test 14-18 August Lord’s
37 Ashes Tests, seven England wins, 14 draws, 16 Australia wins
Lord’s, the home of cricket and the home of the Ashes urn, has been a happy hunting ground for Australia. Between 1934 and 2009, England won not a single Ashes Test here. Since then, however, they have beaten Australia twice, so recent history is in the host’s favour.
3rd Test 22-26 August Headingley
24 Ashes Tests, seven England wins, eight draws, nine Australia wins
Headingley has a recent habit of throwing up a result when these two meet here. The last drawn Test occurred in 1975, since when it is four wins apiece. Given the state of the two batting line ups in 2019, you’d be brave to back the draw in 2019.
4th Test 4-8 September Old Trafford
32 Ashes Tests, seven England wins, 17 draws (inc. two abandonments), eight Australia wins
Old Trafford has not been the happies of Ashes hunting grounds for England in recent times. In fact, they haven’t beaten Australia here since 1981. The last Ashes Test here was drawn, as so often seems to be the case when the Manchester weather is taken into consideration, with Australia on top. The weather usually plays some sort of role and this Test is likely to have a lot riding on it.
5th Test 12-16 September the Oval
37 Ashes Tests, 16 England wins, 14 draws, seven Australia wins
Whilst England’s recent Ashes record at the Oval isn’t overly impressive in terms of Test wins, at the conclusion of their last four Ashes Tests at the Oval, England have hung around on the outfield to toast series success. Can they make it five in a row in 2019? Will they be celebrating as they were in 2015?