The Ashes 2017-18 Schedule & Squad: Get away kids for the big boys and the big matches are here. Th oldest and the most famed rivalry in the world of Cricket is back and is back with a vengeance. The two old superpowers Australia and England renew their famed rivalry. This time the fight for the urn will be Down Under. The 70th series between the Australia vs England will get underway on November 23 with five Tests is scheduled to be played over seven weeks.
Ashes have had immense significance in the world of Cricket. The matches have incited one and all and the rivalry has been the story of various folk tales. Starting from the body line strategy from the Englishmen against Bradman to the tormenting Mitchell Jhonson spells against the Englishmen.
The rivalry has been unparalleled. No two teams have seen more blood than these two. The nasty talks and the fist fights have all been itched down in the memory. Also, unfortunate events like peeing on the pitch( after winning the Ashes) also took place due to the high stakes in the match and the high honour and pride that comes with the oldest trophy in the World of cricket.
Ashes have been made and break for various cricketers. With the likes of Shane Warne bowling the ball of the century in his first test match and Andrew Flintoff putting memorable performances in the 2005 Ashes to win it for the men from Europe.
The heroics of Botham and Don Bradman in the past need not be ignored. The tense matches have always made the great players that they are. Also some crack in the pressure. That wide ball by Harmisson( the first ball in 2007 ashes) is one every Cricketing fan to love to forget also the way Trott collapsed against Mitchell Johnson is one thing he would like to forget. All the 5-0 catipulations by England in Australia mark the dark pages of England Cricketing history.
As for this Ashes, the scales are balanced. The Australian team is balanced but inexperienced. They had a disastrous tour of India and they are in a rebuilding phase. The fact that the matches are on their home ground gives them an edge that they would like to exploit. As for England, they have a really exciting squad. Their bowling has depth and potency and their batting has solidity. They are aided by the best all-rounder world has seen in recent times, Ben Stokes.
The Ashes 2017-18 Schedule
The first match starts on Nov 23 in Gabba Brisbane. The 5th and the final match will be played in Sydney from 04, Thu – Jan 08, Mon. Hopefully, this winter is warm by the firecrackers on the field.
Here are the complete Ashes 2017-18 schedule and match fixtures.
First Test – Australia v England, Gabba – 23-27 November 2017
Second Test – Australia v England, Adelaide Oval (Day-Night) – 2-6 December 2017
Third Test – Australia v England, Perth (venue TBC) – 14-18 December 2017
Fourth Test – Australia v England, MCG – 26-30 December 2017
Fifth Test – Australia v England, SCG – 4-8 January 2018
Ashes 2017-18 Squad
England Ashes squad: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Mason Crane, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jake Ball, Craig Overton, Steven Finn.
The squad of Australia for the The Ashes 2017-18 will be announced soon.