The Ashes

The Ashes is a Test cricket series between Australia and England, known among the longest-running sports rivalries. The series' name came after The Sporting Times, a British newspaper, published a satirical article in 1982 immediately after Australia had its first Test win in England. According to the article, English cricket had 'died,' was to be cremated, and the ashes sent to Australia. The next season was dubbed The Ashes as the English team vowed to bring back the mythical ashes from Australia.

The Ashes series, unlike domestic sport leagues, takes place once every two years, hosted alternatingly by the two countries. Each team plays a series of five test matches. The best part is that this test cricket series is usually quite intense and long, with some games lasting more than five days.

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The Series' winner is usually awarded the prestigious trophy called the Ashes Urn. However, the trophy is a replica of the original. The original trophy is found in the Marylebone Cricket Club museum in London. Both teams also get prize money, which is usually a share of the commercial earnings received by the boards. The prize money varies for each event, and the amount for each player is based on the player contracts signed.

Another significant award is the Compton Miller Medal, usually presented to the Man of the Series. The medal was first awarded in 2005 to Andrew Flintoff. The medal is meant to commemorate Australia's Keith Miller and England's Dennis Compton, two cricket legends that played in the Ashes series.

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History of the Ashes

History of the Ashes

The first cricket clash between Australia and England was in 1877. However, the symbolic trophy and legend of the Ashes began in 1882 after Australia won the series for the first time on English soil. The issue of the Ashes and urn was gradually forgotten for almost two decades. However, it was revived during the 1903/04 series after the captain of the England side, Pelham Warner, wrote a book titled 'How We Recovered the Ashes". Since that time, the series has famously been known as The Ashes.

Previous performances

Currently, Australia leads regarding the number of series won. Australia has 34 wins, and England has 32 wins. Only six series have ended in draws, with the first one in 1972. According to the series rules, the defending champions retain the title if the series ends in a tie.

Despite the close number of wins, Australia has recently dominated the series. They won the series by 5-0 in 2006/2007, 5-0 in 2013/2014, and 4-0 in 2017/2018, after an extended period of English dominance during the 80s and 90s. The English team came into the 2021/2022 series as the underdog, given its performance in the series in recent history. However, the English team had won the Cricket World Cup in 2019, giving their supports hopes of a surprise performance in the next series. That did not happen as Australia emerged victorious once again.

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About cricket

Cricket is the only game usually featured in the Ashes series. The game is quite interesting but can appear complex to those who do not know the gaming rules. Two teams play the game, the fielding team and the batting team, each having 11 players on a grass field with a 20-meter pitch at the center.

The main objective of the batting team is to score as many runs as possible, and the fielding team is to minimize the number of runs and get batters dismissed. The teams change roles after ten batters have been dismissed. Each match can take several days to complete, depending on the players' performance. The game is usually officiated by a match referee, two main umpires, and an assistant.

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How to bet on the Ashes

How to bet on the Ashes

Placing bets on the Ashes, as with the best eSports championships, is quite simple, especially for punters who know their way around sports betting sites. The first thing punters must do is find a sports betting site that offers betting markets for the Ashes series and sign up for a betting account. The betting site must be licensed and reputable to prevent scam and fraud cases. Punters must then deposit funds in the betting account equivalent to what they intend to place as wagers.

After the account is set up and ready for betting, punters can shift their focus to finding the right bets. Different punters use different strategies when exploring major sport tournaments. However, it is okay for punters to bet without a strategy. It is even possible to bet without any knowledge of cricket sports. Punters only need to choose the amount to wager for each bet and place the bets following the relevant process of the betting site.

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