Ashes Test Stadiums 2019

Ashes Test Stadiums

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

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

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

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. Headingley stadium should sell out for the 2019 Ashes as the popularity of cricket locally is strong enough to attract enough patrons.

Old Trafford

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

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.

Australia to Play Australia A in 2019 Ashes Warm Up

Ashes Warm Up Australia to Play Australia A

The 2019 Ashes is scheduled to start on August 1st at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England and Australia are battling to take home the 2019 Ashes trophy. Australia defending their title but they have not won an Ashes on England soil since 2001. Fans and experts all over the world are excited for the 2019 Ashes and expect England to bring the Ashes trophy back to England.

Australian are taking the unusual step of scheduling a warm-up match for the 2019 Ashes at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire on July 23rd. Fans and experts are unsure what to make of the match as the World Cup final is just nine days earlier on July 14th. The match will be Australia versus Australia A where the top 22 Australian players will battle it out to prepare for the Ashes. Many experts are wondering if the match is being used to see which players are going to be at their peak in the Ashes so that Australia can successfully defend their title against England.

Australian superstars Steve Smith and David Warner are both currently suspended and they will be using the warm-up game to get back in the swing of things. Smith and Warner recently met with their Australian coach Langer as they are both out of the picture until April 2019. The match is not against the top talent in the world but playing against the Australian A side will certainly be competitive and provide a test-like environment to prepare all of the players for the 2019 Ashes.

“There’s going to be a process for the boys to come back and it is really important we start working on that process from now. We can’t get to the point and just say ‘right they’re back’. It’s not fair on them, it’s not fair on the team, it’s not fair on everyone,” Langer told Cricbuzz.

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“I had breakfast with him (Smith) on Monday morning and I caught up with Davey for a couple of hours that afternoon as well. I didn’t deliberately catch up with them separately. I caught up with Davey in Brisbane before we went to the UAE because I wanted to see him face to face. It’s one thing exchanging text messages and emails, you have to talk face to face. We had a great catch-up.” Tour games have recently come under fire by host nations and visiting nations alike for lack of quality in both the venues and teams that are playing in the tests. The International Cricket Council has asked host teams to provide a better quality of both their venues and treatment of visiting teams. Australia had an especially bad team in Sri Lanka in 2016 where the field was a heavy attack on a fast-bowler friendly deck. Sri Lanka most likely was attempting to gain an advantage over Australia so they could compete with the great cricket nation. Worcestershire is hosting Australia in a three day-fixture that starts on August 7th, which is in between the first and second 2019 Ashes tests. It will be interesting to see if the match has any effect on the Australian team during the Ashes.

Why the Ashes is called the Ashes

The Ashes

The Ashes is cricket’s oldest rivalry and for good reason too. There is so much history between England and Australia, dating back to colonization times when England first colonized Australia and their rivalry still persists to this day. The 2019 Ashes is going to be one of the most watched events in England and Australia but why is the event called the Ashes?

The story has humorous origins that date back all the way to 1882. England and Australia were playing a cricket test when England lost for the very first time to Australia on home soil at the Oval. A newspaper called The Sporting Times printed a fake obituary that claimed that English cricket had died and that English cricket would be cremated and the ashes would be sent to Australia. The story became very popular with the English sporting crowd as they loved the story and the story had not gone away when it was time for England and Australia to play their follow up test in Australia from 1882-1883.

The English team captain, Hon Ivo Bligh, vowed to return to England with “the ashes” of English cricket from Australia and the English media proclaimed the matches as the quest to regain the ashes. The Australian captain, WL Murdoch, vowed to defend the ashes as well. England won two of the three scheduled tests in Australia. Bligh also played in a series of social matches with other amateur players while in Australia. After one match on Christmas Eve in 1882, at the Rupertswood Estate outside of Melbourne Bligh was given the now infamous Ashes urn. It is rumored that an Australian cricket ball was burned and put inside of the urn.

Interestingly enough, Bligh’s future wife, Florence Morphy was also in attendance at the event where Bligh received the ashes. A little more than a year later, Bligh and Morphy married in February 1884. Bligh and Morphy moved to England and took the ashes urn with them where it remained on the mantelpiece of their home until Bligh died nearly 43 years later. In Bligh’s will, it was stated that he wanted to donate the urn to Marylebone Cricket Club where it remains to this day at the MCC Museum at Lord’s.

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It wasn’t until the 1990s that England and Australia decided that they wanted to play for an actual trophy. The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia decided to create a replica of the urn that Bligh owned so many years ago out of crystal. The trophy is now given out after every single Ashes competition to the captain of the winning team.

The Ashes trophy is arguably the smallest in all of the sports as it is only 15 cm (6 inches). It is rumored that a cricket ball was burned and placed in the original urn. The following text is on the urn:

When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.