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The Ashes Test Winners

The Ashes Test

The Ashes is a traditional Test Cricket series held over five tests between Australia and England. The Ashes is one crickets most celebrated rivalries, dating all the way back to 1882.

The Ashes is generally play biennially, with the series alternating between Australia and the UK.

What are the Ashes ?

The Ashes term originated in a satirical obituary published in a UK tabloid, ‘The Sporting Times’, following Australia’s 1882 victory at The Oval, their first ever Test win on English soil. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. The mythical ashes then became associated with the 1882–83 series played in Australia, before which English captain Ivo Bligh vowed to “regain those ashes”. The English media therefore proclaimed the tour “the quest to regain the Ashes”.

After England had won two of the three Tests on the tour, a small wooden urn was presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. The contents of the urn are said to be the ashes of a wooden bail, and were satirically described as “the ashes of Australian cricket”.

The Ashes urn has never officially named the trophy of the Ashes series. However, replicas of the urn are often held aloft by winning Ashes teams as a symbol of their victory in the series. Since the 1998–99 Ashes series, a Waterford Crystal model of the Ashes urn (called the Ashes Trophy) has been given to the winners of an Ashes series as the official trophy of the series.

The Ashes Test Series Winners

Below is a list of Ashes Series winners including years, tests played, scores and Ashes winners.

Series Years Host Tests Aus Eng Drawn Winner Holder
1 1882–83 Australia 3 1 2 0 England England
2 1884 England 3 0 1 2 England England
3 1884–85 Australia 5 2 3 0 England England
4 1886 England 3 0 3 0 England England
5 1886–87 Australia 2 0 2 0 England England
6 1887–88 Australia 1 0 1 0 England England
7 1888 England 3 1 2 0 England England
8 1890 England 2 (3) 0 2 0 England England
9 1891–92 Australia 3 2 1 0 Australia Australia
10 1893 England 3 0 1 2 England England
11 1894–95 Australia 5 2 3 0 England England
12 1896 England 3 1 2 0 England England
13 1897–98 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
14 1899 England 5 1 0 4 Australia Australia
15 1901–02 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
16 1902 England 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
17 1903–04 Australia 5 2 3 0 England England
18 1905 England 5 0 2 3 England England
19 1907–08 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
20 1909 England 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
21 1911–12 Australia 5 1 4 0 England England
22 1912 England 3 0 1 2 England England
23 1920–21 Australia 5 5 0 0 Australia Australia
24 1921 England 5 3 0 2 Australia Australia
25 1924–25 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
26 1926 England 5 0 1 4 England England
27 1928–29 Australia 5 1 4 0 England England
28 1930 England 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
29 1932–33 Australia 5 1 4 0 England England
30 1934 England 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
31 1936–37 Australia 5 3 2 0 Australia Australia
32 1938 England 4 (5) 1 1 2 Drawn Australia
33 1946–47 Australia 5 3 0 2 Australia Australia
34 1948 England 5 4 0 1 Australia Australia
35 1950–51 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
36 1953 England 5 0 1 4 England England
37 1954–55 Australia 5 1 3 1 England England
38 1956 England 5 1 2 2 England England
39 1958–59 Australia 5 4 0 1 Australia Australia
40 1961 England 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
41 1962–63 Australia 5 1 1 3 Drawn Australia
42 1964 England 5 1 0 4 Australia Australia
43 1965–66 Australia 5 1 1 3 Drawn Australia
44 1968 England 5 1 1 3 Drawn Australia
45 1970–71 Australia 6 (7) 0 2 4 England England
46 1972 England 5 2 2 1 Drawn England
47 1974–75 Australia 6 4 1 1 Australia Australia
48 1975 England 4 1 0 3 Australia Australia
49 1977 England 5 0 3 2 England England
50 1978–79 Australia 6 1 5 0 England England
51 1981 England 6 1 3 2 England England
52 1982–83 Australia 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
53 1985 England 6 1 3 2 England England
54 1986–87 Australia 5 1 2 2 England England
55 1989 England 6 4 0 2 Australia Australia
56 1990–91 Australia 5 3 0 2 Australia Australia
57 1993 England 6 4 1 1 Australia Australia
58 1994–95 Australia 5 3 1 1 Australia Australia
59 1997 England 6 3 2 1 Australia Australia
60 1998–99 Australia 5 3 1 1 Australia Australia
61 2001 England 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
62 2002–03 Australia 5 4 1 0 Australia Australia
63 2005 England 5 1 2 2 England England
64 2006–07 Australia 5 5 0 0 Australia Australia
65 2009 England 5 1 2 2 England England
66 2010–11 Australia 5 1 3 1 England England
67 2013 England 5 0 3 2 England England
68 2013–14 Australia 5 5 0 0 Australia Australia
69 2015 England 5 2 3 0 England England

Ashes Results Summarised

  Played Won by
Aus
Won by
Eng
Drawn
All Tests 325 130 (40%) 106 (32.6%) 89 (27.4%)
Tests in Australia 162 82 (50.6%) 56 (34.6%) 24 (14.8%)
Tests in England 163 48 (29.4%) 50 (30.7%) 65 (39.9%)
All series 69 32 (46.4%) 32 (46.4%) 5 (7.2%)
Series in Australia 34 18 (52.9%) 14 (41.2%) 2 (5.9%)
Series in England 35 14 (40%) 18 (51.4%) 3 (8.6%)