The Ashes Series: Australia v England Preview

When does it start? Wednesday 25th November 23:30 (UK)

Where is the First Test? The Gabba, Brisbane

What channel is it on? Live on BT Sport 1 (UK)

Where can I find a live stream of the Ashes? If you have a subscription for BT Sport, download the app and you will be able to stream it on mobile as well as desktop.

Are tickets still available? Yes! You can purchase them for the first day on resale sites at a reasonable price. https://intl.stubhub.com/the-ashes-australia-vs-england-1st-test-day-1-tickets/ev162554

STATS & FACTS

Head-to-head – last five Series in Australia: Australia W4, England W1

Head-to-head – all-time Series in Australia: Australia W23, England W14, D4

Head-to-head – all-time Test matches in Australia: Australia W91, England W57, D27

Head-to-head – all-time Test matches: Australia W140, England W108, D93

Head-to-head – last five Series: Australia W1, England W5

ICC World Ranking:

Australia 5th v 3rd England

ICC World Ranking (batsmen):

AUSTRALIA: Steve Smith (1st), David Warner (6th), Usman Khawaja (19th)

ENGLAND: Joe Root (2nd), Alastair Cook (10th), Jonny Bairstow (15th)

ICC World Ranking (bowlers):

AUSTRALIA: Josh Hazlewood (6th), Nathan Lyon (7th), Mitchell Starc (11th)

ENGLAND: Jimmy Anderson (1st), Stuart Broad (10th), Moeen Ali (21st)

ICC World Ranking (bowlers):

AUSTRALIA: Mitchell Starc (7th)

ENGLAND: Moeen Ali (5th), Stuart Broad (11th), Chris Woakes (12th)

NB: Ben Stokes is currently ranked 3rd but is not on the tour at present.


Key stats – Australia at home to England

  • Australia have won their last 5 Test matches against England on home soil
  • Australia won the toss in the first 4 Test matches against England in the 2013/14 season
  • Australia have won 6 of the last 7 Test Series against England on home soil

Key Stats – Australia against England in Brisbane

  • Australia have won 5 and drawn 2 of the last 7 Test matches against England in Brisbane
  • The last time England beat Australia in a Brisbane Test match came in 1986
  • Australia have won the toss 5 of the last 6 times they have played England in a Test in Brisbane and they have elected to bat first on each occasion
  • The average score for teams batting first at the Gabba between these two teams in 345 runs
  • The highest first innings score at the Gabba was for Australia in 1946 and they also recorded the lowest score of 60 in 2006

Key Stats – All Test matches between Australia and England

  • Stuart Broad has been England’s leading wicket taker in the last two Test Series against Australia
  • Captains Steve Smith (508 runs) and Joe Root (460 runs) were the leading run scorers for their respective teams in the 2015 Ashes
  • No player has scored more runs in Test matches in Australia for England since 2000 than Alastair Cook with 1288 and an average of 49.53
  • Jimmy Anderson has taken 43 wickets in Test matches in Australia – the most of any England bowler since 2000

Key Stats – Australia in Brisbane

  • Australia have only lost 8 of their 59 Test matches in Brisbane, having won 37, drawn 13 and tied 1
  • Australia have not lost any of their last 28 Test matches in Brisbane having won 21 and drawn 7
  • The last time Australia lost in Brisbane came in 1988 against the West Indies
  • Australia have lost the toss in 6 of their last 8 Test matches at home
  • Australia have only lost 2 of their last 24 Test matches at home and both of those came against South Africa in 2016
  • Australia have won 18, drawn 4 and lost 2 of their last 24 Test matches at home
  • England have only won 4 of their last 23 matches overseas (W4, D7, L12)
  • England have only won 1 of their last 6 Test Series overseas and that came against South Africa in 2015/16

Key Stats – General

  • Australia have lost the toss in 6 of their last 8 Test matches at home
  • Australia have only lost 2 of their last 24 Test matches at home and both of those came against South Africa in 2016
  • Australia have won 18, drawn 4 and lost 2 of their last 24 Test matches at home
  • England have only won 4 of their last 23 matches overseas (W4, D7, L12)
  • England have only won 1 of their last 6 Test Series overseas and that came against South Africa in 2015/16


Analysis

One of the best sporting events kicks off in Brisbane as the time for talking between the Aussies and the English comes to an end and The Ashes start in earnest. Australia have a formidable record at home in recent test matches and none more so than at The Gabba where they haven’t lost in 28 Test matches since 1988. Steve Smith’s men will look to bat first if they win the toss and they will be keen to put a big score on the board and put England on the back foot right from the first day. The Australian batting line-up may have a more vulnerable look about it than in previous Ashes series, but Warner and Smith have an excellent record against England and will be key to their hopes. England will look to Anderson and Broad to put a dent in the Australian top order and they have to stay fit and be at their best for the whole series if England are to have any chance. Expect the Aussies to start well in Brisbane and kick on to win the series.