The 2019 Ashes taking place in England and Australia is known for struggling in England as they have not won in England since 2001. The cricket grounds where the tests are being played are some of the very best in the entire world as England and Australia battle to win the Ashes.
Edgbaston in Birmingham is home to the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is one of the most established cricket grounds in the United Kingdom. It is the fourth largest cricket stadium in the United Kingdom with a seating capacity of 25,000. The first cricket match took place on 7 June 1886 against the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club). Edgbaston had the honor of holding the 1,000th test match of all time for England in 2018 where England defeated India by 32 runs.
The first test is largely expected to sell out every single day of the first test. Edgbaston is one of the most difficult places to play in England as the fans are very passionate and there is always a good crowd at the stadium.
Lord’s is the premier cricket grounds and is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club. Lord’s is widely referred to as the home of cricket and is home to the world’s oldest sporting museum. The earliest known match was MCC v Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814. The grounds held their 200 year anniversary in 2014 where an MCC XI side played a Rest of the World XI side to celebrate the incredible accomplishment. The stadium can hold up to 28,000 fans and it is expected that the 2019 Ashes will sell out at the historic location.
Headingley Cricket Ground is arguably the weakest stadium of the 2019 Ashes. It is the smallest stadium of the five where tests are being played and the grounds have hosted test cricket since 1899. H
Old Trafford Cricket Ground shares a name with the Old Trafford Football Stadium where Manchester United play their home games. The stadiums are located about a half a mile away from each other. Old Trafford is England’s second oldest test stadium, first hosting a test match back in 1884. Over 50,000 fans attended a test back in 1899 which is a staggering amount of people for the time. The stadium has a current capacity of 26,000 but 50,000 for music concerts where the biggest acts on the planet come and play.
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The Oval is the largest cricket ground in London and it hosted the first ever test match in England in 1880. The Oval also hosted English Football’s first ever international match against Scotland in 1870 and the first FA Cup in 1872. The earliest recorded first-class match was the London v Dartford match on 18 June 1724 but there were still public executions being held there at the time. The tests at the Oval always sell out and for the 2019 Ashes, it will certainly not be any different.