Cricket is a sport which has received much recognition and applause from across the world and has evolved tremendously over the years. People from all age groups have adopted this sport in its own customized way. Ashes 2021 is one such much awaited tournament that is loved by sports aficionados worldwide.
As per the Ashes 2021 schedule, two squads (England and Australia) will play in the five successive sets of the Ashes 2021 Test Series. The cricket series is a subsidiary of the World Test Championship 2020-23 where each one of them will comprise of five combinations of matches, initialized across five different stadiums in the Australian summers.
Established in the year 1882, Ashes 2021 is the 72nd edition of the Test Cricket module till date. The name “Ashes’ was finalised after Australia won the first series in the year 1882, beating England.
The new season of Ashes 2021 will foresee a professional clash between Australia & England. The opening match of the season between these two squads is supposed to commence on 8th December, 2021 and the closing match will be hosted on 18th January 2022 in Australian land.
No umpires have been chosen by the administration to judge the major Ashes 2021 Test Series as per latest updates. The Australian government put a halt on movement of the visitors in order to practice social distancing. After the deteriorating situation due to COVID-19, the tournaments have been postponed pertaining to the continuing risk of contagion. However, after much deliberations and anticipation, the Ashes 2021 test series is finally going to take off in the upcoming month
Ashes 2021 Schedule
According to the Ashes 2021 schedule, the opening match between England and Australia will kick off on 8th December, 2021 at the Gabba in Brisbane cricket ground. On 12th December, 2021, the first set of matches between Australia and England will be completed. From 5th January onwards, the fourth successive clash will be witnessed in the Sydney Cricket ground. Lastly, the closure of the Ashes is scheduled to be held at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
|Date of the match||Venue||Scheduled time|
|8 December-12 December 2021||Gabba, Brisbane cricket ground||5:30 AM
(12:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL)
|16 December- 20 December 2021||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||9:30 AM
(04:00 AM GMT / 02:30 PM LOCAL)
|26 December- 30 December 2021||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||5:00 AM (as of 26 Dec)
(11:30 PM GMT (as of 25 Dec) / 10:30 AM LOCAL)
|05 January-09 January 2022||Sydney Cricket ground, Sydney||5:00 AM (as of 05 Jan)
(11:30 PM GMT (as of 04 Jan) / 10:30 AM LOCAL)
|14 January- 18 January 2022||Optus Stadium, Perth||8:00 AM
(02:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL)
Ashes 2021 Venue
The Ashes 2021 venue is segregated into 5 hosts namely., Optus Stadium (Perth), Sydney Cricket ground (Sydney), Melbourne Cricket ground (Melbourne), Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) and Gabba, Brisbane cricket ground.
As per the Ashes 2021 schedule, the venue for the first match is selected to be the critically acclaimed Gabba, the Brisbane Cricket ground followed by the second successive test to be played at the Adelaide Oval. Amongst the five successive games played during the Australian summers, the third match is supposed to initialize in the Melbourne stadium.
The Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney will be the host for the fourth match that is scheduled on 5th January, 2022. The finals will be played amongst the qualified squads in the venue of Optus Stadium in Perth.
Ashes 2021 Team Squads: Australia Vs England
The squads for the Australia Vs England has led to major fascination amongst the masses after the addition of Ben Stokes (post finger injury recovery) in the England team in this Ashes 2021 Test Series. Stokes was quoted by the ECB stating that, “I had a break to prioritise my mental well-being and I got my finger sorted. I am looking forward to seeing my mates and being on the field with them. I’m ready for Australia.”
The players to be selected in the Australian squad is yet on the line of consensus. The final list of cricketers in the Australian squad is expected to be released by the administrative council on a later date
England’s Squad in Ashes 2021 Test Match
After the return of Ben Stokes, the star cricketer in the England squad, more excitement and charm has been added in the ambience of Ashes 2021. For the Ashes 2021, England has officially declared a team of 18 professional players, calling it an eighteen-men squad. The members and their roles are listed below.
- Joe Root (Captain)
- Haseeb Hameed
- Zak Crawley
- Dawid Malan
- Daniel Lawrence
- James Anderson
- Stuart Broad
- Ollie Robinson
- Dominic Bess
- Jack Leach
- Mark Wood
The head coach leading the 18-men troop in the Ashes 2021 series will be Chris Silverwood. He is a former professional player with experience at international cricket tournaments and county cricket and is a proficient right-arm fast bowler too.
Aussie Squad 2021-2022 Series
Australia shall face England in the Ashes 2021-2022 Series through a three day intra squad match on 3rd December, 2021 to ascertain the final team out of 15 players. They have formed the squads for Australia and Australia A who will also face England Lions team besides the First Test. Players of Australia A will enjoy the opportunity to play for selection from the Third Test onwards. The selected 15 players will play the first two Test Matches of Ashes 2021. Thereafter, the selection team will reassess the squad for any changes or shuffling for the remainder of the Ashes Series.
Recent news has it Tim Paine decided to step down as the captain ensuing the birth of an off field scandal. A replacement hasn’t been named yet, although Pat Cummins is a likely frontrunner for the post.
Here’s the complete list of the Aussie squad for the Ashes 2021 Series.
- Marcus Harris
- Travis Head
- Usman Khawaja
- Steven Smith
- David Warner
- Pat Cummins
- Josh Hazlewood
- Nathan Lyon
- Jhye Richardson
- Mitchell Starc
- Mitchell Swepson
- Tim Paine
- Michael Neser
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Cameron Green
Live Streaming of the Ashes 2021 Test series
Interested audiences can view live scores of the Ashes 2021 Test Series with no disruptions on various channels. To check the live scores of Ashes 2021 opening game, you can switch on to the free-to-air network, Channel 7.
The live streaming of Ashes 2021 is available on the 7Plus application which you can access from the Play Store. The app is suitable for all devices (mobile, desktop, tablets and laptops). The 7Plus app can also be connected to your live streaming device and thereafter, can be watched on the television via Google Chromecast.
To watch the live streaming telecast of the Ashes 2021, you can opt for the following Australian pay networking television channels:
- Foxtel Now
- Kayo Sports
To watch the Ashes 2021 live telecast from other parts of the world, you can switch over to the below mentioned national channels suitable in your area:
- USA: Willow TV
- South Africa: Supersport
- India: Sonyliv
- Australia: Channel 9
- UK: BT Sport channel
Accommodation for Live Audience
The craze of cricket has often witnessed fans filling up the whole of the host stadium where the match is being played, to render live experience of the match. As per the state guidelines, the seating capacity will be induced in full strength but with certain pre-requisites.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, precautionary measures such as social distancing and maintenance of hygiene has been checked upon thoroughly by the officials.
Tickets for the Ashes 2021 Test series are now open for all in the online forum. Interested players can book your seats for the five successive Ashes 2021 matches, well in advance.
As per the predictions, around 15,000 devoted Barmy Army fans, the official endorsement club of England is expected to enter the Australian land. However, they have been put on a wait-list and there has been no news on confirmation.
A Comparison: Stats of Australia and England
The stats of England and Australia display a variegated pattern for matches played on each series. Australia have won 33 matches, lost 32 matches and have 6 matches in a draw with its immediate rival, England. On the other hand, England was able to win 32 matches with 33 losses and 6 draw matches. To get a lucid glimpse of the analogy, have a look at the table below:
As per the stats presented above, amongst the series of matches, the following year-wise classification can be made:
|Team||Venue of the series||Season||Won by||Scores|
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