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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.

Record Australia England
Highest total 6d/729 (1930) 7d/903 (1938)
Lowest total 36 (1902) 45 (1887)
Biggest win Innings & 332 runs (1946) Innings & 579 runs (1938)
Most innings extras 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. Only one current player makes the list – the imperious Steve Smith, whose tally of 2800 runs in only 27 Tests puts him on track to leapfrog everyone except the Don.

Player Years Active Matches Innings Runs Ave
DG Bradman (Aus) 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
S Smith (Aus) 2010-present 27 48 2800 65.11
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

Ashes batting records

The Australian betting records are again dominated by Don Bradman with the legendary figure topping all our main categories, barring the most ducks. England batsman Jack Hobbs features heavily throughout all his team’s historical records, including the most tons with 12. Len Hutton’s 364 is the highest Ashes score of all time in an innings.

Record Australia England
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 D Gough 9
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 it is 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 Matches 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
SCJ Broad (Eng) 2009-present 32 58 118 29.35
MA Noble (Aus) 1898-1909 39 66 115 24.86
R Lindwall (Aus) 1946-1959 29 51 114 22.44
W Rhodes (Eng) 1899-1926 41 65 109 24.00

Ashes bowling records

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 high mark. Terry Alderman tops this same category for Australia with 42.

Record Australia England
Best bowling in an innings AA Mailey 9/121 JC Laker 10/53
Best bowling in a match R Massey 16/137 JC Laker 19/90
Most five-wicket winnings TM Alderman, CTB Turner, CV Grimmet, SK Warne 11 SF Barnes 12
Most wickets in a series TM Alderman 42 JC Laker 46
Best bowling average JJ Ferris 14.25 GA Lohmann 13.05

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 reclaim the urn 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 2021-22 series as the hot favourite after retaining the Ashes in England in 2019.

The Ashes is an extremely popular wagering event in both Australia and England with millions of Australian dollars and Great British pounds (stirling) wagered on each series, both in advance and during the series. England through betting shop pioneers such as Ladbrokes 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.

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