Australia and England first played Test cricket against each other in 1876-77, but it was not until the one Test match of 1882 that the Ashes rivalry began. England lost that match to the ‘convicts’ and it was declared the “death of England cricket” by one local newspaper.
The Aussies have won 130 Ashes Tests out of 325 matches in the history of the series, with England having won 106, heading into the 2017 series, set to be hosted in Australia. The Aussies are hoping to reclaim the Ashes this Summer, after losing it in the 2015 series in England.
Head to head team records
The Ashes has been fought out in over 100 years of fierce contests and differing rules. This means there are some records like the highest ever total in an innings, which is 7/903 declared set by England in 1938, may never be beaten because matches are now capped at five days. That is taking nothing away from some of the remarkable records set early in the Ashes rivalry, given many achieved on uncovered pitches, which is clearly evident in the lowest totals of all time.
|Lowest total||36 (1902)||45 (1887)|
|Highest match total||1723 (1948)||1753 (1921)|
|Biggest win||Innings & 332 runs (1946)||Innings & 579 (1938)|
|Most extras innings||61 (1989)||52 (1982)|
Most runs in Ashes history
The great Donald Bradman stands unparalleled at the top of the Ashes batting charts, with the former Australian captain making 5028 runs over a 20 year career from 1928. Jack Hobbs tops the runs for England, in no.2 overall with 3636 over a long career at a touch over 50. Of the current crop of International batsman set to contest the 2017-18 Ashes series this summer, England opener Alastair Cook is the leading run-scorer with 2117, needing about 400 to break into the top 10 scorers of history.
|DG Bradman (Australia||1928-1948||37||63||5028||89.78|
|JB Hobbs (Eng)||1908-1930||41||71||3636||54.26|
|AR Border (Aus)||1978-1993||42||73||3222||55.55|
|SR Waugh (Aus)||1986-2003||45||72||3173||58.75|
|DI Gower (Eng)||1978-1991||38||69||3037||46.01|
|WR Hammond (Eng)||1928-1947||33||58||2852||51.85|
|H Sutcliffe (Eng)||1924-1934||27||46||2741||66.85|
|C Hill (Aus)||1896-1912||41||76||2660||35.46|
|JH Edrich (Eng)||1964-1975||32||57||2644||48.96|
The Australian betting records are again dominated by Don Bradman with the legendary figure topping all our main categories, barring the most ducks, which is jointly held by former teammates Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. England batsman Jack Hobbs features heavily throughout all his team’s historical records, including the most tons with 12. Len Hutton’s 365 is the highest Ashes score of all time in an innings.
|Highest Score||DG Bradman 334||L Hutton 364|
|Best Average||DG Bradman 89.78||E Paynter 84.42|
|Most Hundreds||DG Bradman 19||JB Hobbs 12|
|Most Ducks||SE Gregory 11||GD McGrath 10|
|Most runs in a series||DG Bradman 974||WR Hammond 905|
Most wickets in Ashes history
Australian spin king Shane Warne is head and shoulders the greatest wicket taker in Ashes history, with 195 scalps in a career spanning from 1993 to 2007. His partner in crime in the Aussies’ dominance of England was Glenn McGrath and its fitting the pin-point accurate paceman sits second on the list with 155. Ian Botham sits level with Dennis Lillee on 128 Ashes scalps with his total the best of any English player.
|Player||Years Active||Ashes Games||Inns||Wkts||Avg|
|SK Warne (Aus)||1993-2007||36||72||195||23.25|
|GD McGrath (Aus)||1994-2007||30||60||157||20.92|
|H Trumble (Aus)||1890-1904||31||55||141||20.88|
|DK Lillee (Aus)||1971-1982||24||47||128||22.32|
|IT Botham (Eng)||1977-1989||32||58||128||28.04|
|RGD Willis (Eng)||1971-1983||31||61||123||24.37|
|MA Noble (Aus)||1898-1909||39||66||115||24.86|
|W Rhodes (Eng)||1899-1926||41||65||109||24.00|
England’s mythical JC Laker has the all time best figures in Ashes history, his 19-90 at Manchester in 1956 unlikely to ever be matched. That same series he topped the wickets with 46, still the highest heading into the 2017 series. Terry Alderman tops this same category for Australia with 42.
|Best bowling innings||AA Mailey 9/121||JC Laker 10/53|
|Best bowling match||R Massey 16/137||JC Laker 19/90|
|Most 5 Wicket Innings||T Alderman 11||SF Barnes 12|
|Most wickets in a series||T Alderman 42||JC Laker 46|
Ashes betting records
Recent Ashes history has seen betting largely favour the home team. In 2013 for instance England had held onto the Ashes mid year, but Australia was heavily backed to win the urn back, and eventually smashed England in a series whitewash 5-0 at home. England then won the 2015 series in an absolute cracking series that the bookies favoured them to win, eventually winning 3-2. Australia will enter the 2017 series as hot favourite, but if Ben Stokes is rushed into the squad after his nightclub brawl expect them to shorten in the markets.
The Ashes is en extremely popular wagering event in both Australia and England with millions of Australian dollars and Great Britain Pounds (Stirling) wagered on each series, both in advance and during the series. England through betting shop pioneers such as William Hill have had wagering on cricket matches for well over 100 years, while bookies taking bets on the early days of the Ashes in Australia was common.