The Ashes are now well and truly upon us and the first ball of the historic clash between Australia and England will take place on the 27th November at 11am.
The Ashes is a biennial (around every two years, depending on which country and their relevant summer) cricket competition played between England and Australia.
The very first Ashes test took place in 1882 and the term “Ashes” originated in a satirical obituary published in The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia’s 1882 victory at The Oval, their first Test win on English soil.
The headline read:
“An affectionate remembrance of English Cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August, 1882, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. RIP.
N.B. — The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”
English captain Ivo Bligh had vowed to “regain those ashes”. The English media therefore dubbed the tour the quest to regain the Ashes.
With the upcoming series, it’s your chance to get the perfect gift for someone you know loves Cricket or someone that has no idea about Cricket but you still want to hang out with them and watch the game.
The cover outlines the many different fielding positions which include
- Third man
- Mid off
- Mid On
- Mid Wicket
- Square Leg
- Fine Leg
These main positions are then broken down further into names like long, backwards, square, short, silly, fine… even the infamous cow corner makes an appearance.
You’ll be able to flippantly comment about “pushing midwicket back to cow” and your friends will know exactly what you’re talking about.
There are two variants on the notebooks and you can choose to have one of each or both the same. The first notebook is the standard cricket notebook, whereas the second notebook celebrates The Ashes.
On the Ashes cricket notebook, the cricket ground on the back page flies the flag of England and Australia while above it is the news article printed back on 30th August 1882 announcing the end of English Cricket.
As with all of our pocket notebooks, there is something more to learn on the inside covers. In our Cricket notebook edition, we cover the ten methods of dismissal in the game of cricket and include an explanation on each. For those of you that are unsure of what the ten ways then get your copy today and find out…. or just read on ;)
- Timed out
- Run out
- Hit wicket
- Obstructing the field
- Handling the ball
- Hit ball twice
Ashes Squads for 2017
England Ashes Squad
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes
Australian Ashes Squad
This won’t be announced until closer to the games, so let’s take a look at the previous Ashes squad and compare the differences once we see them.
Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith (vc), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson
2017 Ashes Schedule
For those of you that are interested in following the games here is the breakdown of the tour for England. (matches in bold are the Ashes Tests)
- 4–5 v Western Australia XI, Perth (Waca) (02:30 GMT)
- 8–11 v Cricket Australia XI, Adelaide (d/n) (03:30 GMT)
- 15–18 v Cricket Australia XI, Townsville (00:00 GMT)
- 23–27 1st Test, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)
- 2–6 2nd Test, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)
- 9–10 v Cricket Australia XI, Perth (venue TBC)
- 14–18 3rd Test, Perth (Waca) (02:30 GMT)
- 26–30 4th Test, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25–29 Dec)
- 4–8 5th Test, Sydney (23:30 GMT, 3–7 Jan)
- 11 v Cricket Australia XI, Sydney (venue TBC)
- 14 1st ODI, Melbourne (03:20 GMT)
- 19 2nd ODI, Brisbane (04:20 GMT)
- 21 3rd ODI, Sydney (03:20 GMT)
- 26 4th ODI, Adelaide (03:50 GMT)
- 28 5th ODI, Perth (venue TBC)* (06:20 GMT)