The prestigious Ashes series is just around the corner and is the oldest rivalry known in the history of Test cricket. Not just these two nations but the whole cricketing fraternity is very much excited and eagerly looking forward to this series.
This year’s Ashes will be played at five different venues – The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, WACA, MCG and SCG. I have put together the win-loss record for both the teams at these five venues.
Test #1: November 23 – 27; The Gabba, Brisbane
Australia have a great record at this venue, having not losing a Test match since November 1988 (lost to West Indies by 9 wickets). This has become a fortress for Australia having won 21 out of 28 Tests played at this venue since West Indies in 1988. The other 7 Tests were drawn.
Australia have played 59 Test matches at this venue having played their first Test match here in 1931. They have won 37 Tests here and lost 8 of them. 13 Tests were drawn. Also this venue has produced first ever tied test match (Australia vs West Indies in 1960) in the history of Test cricket.
England have won just 4 games out of 20 Test matches played at this venue. Lost 11 Test matches and have drawn 5 Tests at this venue. Overall, the visitors do not have a great record at this venue.
Test #2: December 02 – 06; Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (Day-Night)
The second Ashes Test going to be a day-night affair which will be the 7th D/N Test played across the globe and third at this venue. Five out of the six D/N Test matches have produced results in the favour of the home team which is great news for the hosts Australia!
Australia have played 75 Test matches at this venue and won 39 of them. Lost 17 games and 19 were drawn.
England have played 31 Tests at this venue. Won 9 games out of them and have lost 17. They have drawn the other 5 Test matches at this venue.
Test #3: December 14 – 18; W.A.C.A, Perth
This is going to be a milestone Test match as WACA is all set to host its last Ashes Test match. WACA has established a great reputation for being a fast and pacy track. However, the surface has flattened out in the last couple of years where even the edges from the fast bowlers has not carried to the slip cordon which is a worrying factor.
Australia have played 43 Test matches at this venue having played their first Test match here in 1970. The hosts have won 24 Tests at this venue and lost 11 Tests. They have drawn the other 8 Test matches.
England have just won 1 out of the 13 Tests played here and lost 9 of them. The remaining 3 Test matches were drawn.
Test #4: Dec 26-30; MCG, Melbourne
MCG is termed as the birth place for Test cricket having hosted the first-ever Test match between Australia and England in 1877. This ground also the first-ever ODI match in 1971 between Australia and England. Also, the MCG played host to the Olympic Games in 1956 and Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Australia have played 109 Tests matches at this venue winning a good number 63 Tests of them; they lost 30 Tests and the other 16 were drawn.
England have played 55 Tests at this venue winning 20 Tests and losing 28. The other 7 Tests were drawn.
Test #5: Jan 04-08; SCG, Sydney (Pink Test)
The SCG turns pink in this Pink Test in honour of Jane McGrath (late wife of Glenn McGrath) who died bacause of Breast Cancer in 2008. The Sydney Pink Test has become the iconic centerpiece of the partnership between Cricket Australia and McGrath Foundation. And this Test is played every January.
Australia have played 105 Tests having played their first game at this venue in 1882 and won 58 of them. They have lost 28 Tests and have drawn the other 19 Tests.
England have played 55 Tests at this venue and won 22 of them. They have lost 26 Tests here at this venue and have drawn 7 Tests.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) are in the 2nd and 3rd place for most Test matches, having hosted 109 and 105 Test matches respectively. Lord’s (England) is in first place hosting 133 Test matches till date!
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