Ashes An Age Old Intense Rivalry Is Back, The World Champions Are Jolted

The most loved cricket rivalry is back and it thumped the World Champions England to the world. Australia leading 1-0 in the 2019 Ashes tour

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First test of 2019 series started on 1st August in Edgbaston, the venue where England were unbeatable for about 18 years. Edgbaston was chosen as the venue for the first test just for its intimidating history. But Steve Smith had other plans and he was awarded the Man of the Match award for two centuries in two innings of the test match.  

The first two days were dominated by England and no one would have thought that Australia would go to win the match quite comfortably by 251 runs. The Austrailians were on a rampage in the last innings of the test and Austrailian duo of Lyon and Cummins shared all 10 wickets between these two. 

One of many areas that hurt England is the fitness of their fast bowlers. Jofra Archer was not fit enough for first test. James Anderson, their prime bowler, suffered an early calf injury and couldn't bowl in second innings of Australia which tilted the match in Australia's favor.

 Another matter of debate was the wrong on-field decisions of the umpires. Some of the decisions were howlers and it was very much apparent with the fact that umpires gave 7 wrong decisions on the first day itsself.

This defeat was bound to happen as since the 2015 World Cup, ECB invested heavily on the One Day cricket and focused on implying t20 aggression in One Days. England eventually ended as the World Champions but this approach has costed the English team in a long run.

The term Ashes originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia's 1882 victory at The Oval, its first 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".

Schedule for 2019 Ashes test matches:

2nd Test: 14th – 18th August

3rd Test: 22nd – 26th August 

4th Test: 4th – 8th September

5th Test: 12th – 16th September

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