We are just a day away from one of the biggest Test rivalries to commence. It's the Ashes and this time, it is Australia who host England.
But do you know what happened in the last five meetings between the two sides? Well, today, we will analyze the last five meetings between Australia and England in detail.
Australia vs England (Birmingham)
Two 140+ scores in same Test— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 4, 2019
150* & 153 - Allan Border v Pak (Lahore) 1980
142 & 199* - Andy Flower v SAf (Harare) 2001
162 & 143 - T Dilshan v Ban (Chittagong) 2009
144 & 142 - Steve Smith v Eng (Birmingham) 2019 - first in an #Ashes Test#Ashes19#EngvAus #EngvsAus
August 2019 began with the first Test and it was Australia who won the toss in the first Test at Birmingham and elected to bat. Australia registered 284 on the board, with most of the batsmen failing to make an impact. However, Steve Smith saved Australia single-handedly with his 144.
Peter Siddle scored 44. For England, Stuart Broad picked a fifer, while Chris Woakes picked three wickets. In response, England scored 374 and gained a 90-run lead.
Rory Burns scored 133, the skipper Joe Root scored 57, and Ben Stokes scored a 50. For Australia, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon picked three wickets each. Australia didn't shy away from expressing themselves and produced a stellar batting display, declaring after scoring 487 on the board.
After a poor start, once again, it was Steve Smith who saved the ship from sinking with his ton (142) but this time he was supported by Matthew Wade who also scored a ton (110), while Head scored 51. England needed 398 runs to win but they succumbed to a phenomenal bowling display by the visitors, losing the first Test by 251 runs.
Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins were the best performers with the ball again, picking six and four wickets respectively. Australia lead.
The score is Australia 1 England 0.
Australia vs England (London)
The second Test commenced on August 14 and this time too, it was Australia who won the toss but decided to bowl first. England scored 258, with Rory Burns scoring 53, and Jonny Bairstow scoring 52. For Australia, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon picked three wickets each.
England replied by a marginal better bowling performance, summing up Australia for 250. Steve Smith continued his blistering form and scored 92, while Usman Khwaja scored 36. The rest didn't make any vital contributions. Broad picked four wickets, while Woakes picked three.
England came out to bat again and scored 258 again, but this time chose to declare their innings with half of their batting left. Ben Stokes was the main contributor of runs as he scored an unbeaten 115. Cummins picked three wickets.
Australia needed 267 runs to win but they couldn't reach the mark and averted a defeat after ending the final day with 154/6. Marnus Labuschagne scored 59, while Head scored 42. Jofra Archer and Jack Leach picked three wickets each and the match was drawn.
Well, the score is Australia 2 England 1
Australia vs England (Leeds)
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Australia had won the opening test at Birmingham, while the London test was drawn. The defending World Champions had to make an impact in the third test at Leeds to draw first blood and to also start ticking their points in the World Championship table at a significant rate of progression.
For winning the Ashes, a triumph was their utmost priority and the resultant of England's efforts was a spectacular game of cricket.
Australia were batting first and were bowled out for 179. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were the only performers with the bat, scoring 61 and 74 respectively. For the hosts, it was Jofra Archer who ran riot, picking up six wickets.
However, Australia put up a masterclass performance with the ball, getting England all out for 67. Josh Hazlewood picked up a fifer, while Pat Cummins had three scalps.
Australia came out to bat in the second innings with better intent and bettered their performance, scoring 246 in the final innings. Marnus Labuschagne was again their star performer with 80 runs.
England had a mammoth total of 359 to chase and their response with the bat was even better after they stumbled for 67 in the first innings.
Joe Root and Joe Denly helped England gain momentum with their innings of 77 and 50 respectively but after Joe Denly lost his wickets, it was Ben Stokes who turned up to save his side.
Very soon, England lost Joe Root and all the pressure was on Ben Stokes to deliver. After a decent contribution of 36 by Jonny Bairstow, England lower-middle order fell apart again, with Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, and Jofra Archer getting out cheaply.
However, Ben Stokes held his end and was scoring as if there was no pressure. Free-flowing drives, stepping out against the spinners, with England needing 73 runs with only one wicket in hand.
Jack Leach was his partner who held one end and didn't let go. With 17 runs still needed, Australia put down a catch that wasn't the easiest but it could've sealed the deal for them. In the 123rd over, Ben Stokes thick-edged a ball from Pat Cummins that went flowing until Harris dropped it.
Finally, Ben Stokes after hitting a couple of nervy fours, and a six, concluded the game with a brilliant boundary and an iconic celebration that marked the end of one of the most thrilling finishes in the Ashes history.
It was England's first one-wicket win since 1922/23, the partnership between Jack Leach and Stokes became the second-highest 10th-wicket partnership, while the chase at Leeds became England's highest successful chase beating the Test record of 1928/29. The score is Australia 2 England 2
Australia vs England (Manchester)
The fourth Test commenced on September 4th and Australia were batting first after winning the toss. Australia declared after scoring an enormous total of 497, with Steve Smith scoring 211, Marnus Labuschagne, and Tim Paine scoring 67 and 58 respectively.
Mitchell Starc scored an unbeaten 54, and Broad picked three wickets for England. England needed a strong response but managed to score just 301, with Burns scoring 81, Root scoring 71, and Jos Buttler scoring 41.
Josh Hazlewood picked four wickets, while Cummins and Starc picked 3 each. Australia with almost a 200-run lead added more than 186 to their total and declared, and it was none other than Steve Smith who again showed his exemplary batting skills and scored 82.
England needed 383 to win but they lost all their wickets for just 197, with Denly scoring 53. Pat Cummins was the main man in disrupting England as he picked four wickets.
Well, the score is Australia 3 England 2.
Australia vs England (London)
It was September 12 and the final Ashes test commenced with Australia winning the toss again and electing to bowl first. England scored 294, with Burns scoring 47, Root scoring 57 whereas Jos Buttler scored 70. For Australia, Mitchell Marsh picked five wickets.
England showed great resilience and bowled Australia out for just 225. It was none other than Steve again who scored the most runs (80), but England bowling, especially Archer, was top-notch as he picked six wickets.
England did a better job with the bat this time and scored 329, with Denly scoring 94, Stokes scoring 67, and Buttler scoring 47. Australia needed 399 to win but they lost the match by 135 runs. Matthew Wade scored 117 but apart from him, no one turned up, not even Steve Smith.
Broad and Leach picked four wickets each and England won their second Test of this series.
The score? Well, it's England 3 Australia 3. Stay tuned with Cricwizz as we bring quality content daily!