As Australia prepare to face England in the Ashes, the cricket world has been discussing the game’s importance to its health and wellbeing.
The new Ashes Test is expected to be played in a very short time.
As the tournament enters its final days, here’s what you need to know about the Ashes.
What is the Ashes Test?
The Ashes Test, also known as the Ashes Grand Slam, is the last Ashes Test played in Australia before the 2019 World Cup begins.
The match is scheduled to be held at the MCG on October 1, 2019.
This is the only Ashes Test in Australia, and is considered to be the best cricket match in the country.
Its duration is five days, meaning that it is not a traditional Test match.
The last Test match is also expected to take place in the middle of the summer, meaning Australia will be missing the Ashes for the foreseeable future.
The Ashes Test was first played in 1908 when the New Zealand team defeated the West Indies 4-0 at Lord’s to win the Ashes Series 3-1.
The first Test match was played at Lord Auckland in November 1908, with New Zealand losing the game by a score of 26-4.
The series was then played at Sydney’s Gabba in November 1909, where New Zealand were defeated by England 3-0 in the last Test.
The following year, New Zealand won the Series 3, losing only the third Test by a combined score of 5-2.
The team also won the World Cup in 1930, with their final match at Adelaide Oval in June 1931.
Australia’s last Test against England in 2001, which was won by New Zealand by five wickets, was also played in Sydney’s MCG, and was played in an informal format that featured players and umpires standing on a white platform at the bottom of the stadium.
However, the Australian team returned to the MCGs the following year to play a one-day match, against Sri Lanka in the final Test at Lord Adelaide in December 2002.
Two years later, in November 2004, New South Wales’ first-choice batsmen, Mitchell Starc and Mark Craig, were injured and were not included in the Test side.
Australia lost by four wickets to England in a four-Test series, and then in a one off against New Zealand in a three-Test match at Sydney in December 2005.
Australia were then knocked out in the first Test by India in an ODI series, in the second Test by England in England in December 2006, and in the third test by New South Welsh in South Africa in November 2007.
The fourth Test was played on the second day of the fifth Test series, with Australia losing by four runs to New Zealand.
In January 2008, a series of injuries forced Australia to play only one Test match in Adelaide’s ground for the last two years of the series.
However after the series, a majority of players who had played in that series returned, including star batsman Ricky Ponting, and star bowlers Michael Clarke and Jason Gillespie.
Australia had been without a Test win since their 2010 series loss to South Africa.
During the Ashes’ five-Test campaign, Australia lost the Ashes five times, including a six-wicket defeat to England at Edgbaston in October 2015.
The Australian team had to rely on a combination of injuries, poor performances and the World Series in 2015 to win a series against the England team in Brisbane.
After the World Cricket Council ruled that Australia’s Test batsmen would not be eligible for the Test in Brisbane, they faced England in Melbourne.
Australia won the series by four points, but lost the series in three matches, including by seven runs.
The previous Test series was played against the West Indian team in Perth in September 2018, and Australia lost their last Test by seven wickets in Melbourne in November 2018.
New Zealand’s Test team also suffered a series loss in 2017 when their captain Brendon McCullum was injured in the fifth ODI, the last of which was a seven-wickets defeat in Adelaide Oval.
The New Zealand players, along with their coach Brendon Boycott, were not allowed to return to New York City to attend the Ashes World Cup matches, due to the World Rugby’s rules that ban players from attending World Cups for one match.
They were able to attend Sydney Cricket Ground for the first two Tests, but were unable to attend Perth, Adelaide and Adelaide Oval for the final two Tests due to safety concerns.
In February 2018, the New Zealander team, who had been playing for the second time in two years, was allowed to play two Tests against Australia in Perth.
However their performances in the Perth Test series were not as impressive as in the Sydney Test series.
They finished the series with a scoreless loss.
The squad of New Zealand was also forced to leave New York for the Ashes against South Africa, and ended up losing by seven to the Springboks.
Australia did not lose a Test series