How can I look at the ashes?
The Ashes begins August 1. What is it and how can I watch it?
It has been an incredible season for English cricket, with the team’s thrilling Super Over victory over New Zealand securing their first World Cup in 44 years of testing, in what is already hailed as the greatest game of cricket never played.
With a combined audience of 8.5 million tuned in to see Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer take England to the line, many will have a new passion for the sport – and will want to know what’s next for cricket.
The good news is that winning the World Cup is just the start of a great summer in cricket, and in August the game’s longest form returns as England face their oldest rivals for the biggest series in sport: the Ashes. .
What is the ashes?
Taking place every two years or so, the Ashes are one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in all sports. Its roots can be traced back to 1882, when an Australian team touring England won a shocking victory over their hosts. The Times then published a fake obituary mourning the death of English cricketer, which read: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.”
When England toured Australia later that year, it was billed as a quest to retrieve the ashes, and a legend was born. A group of Australians created a small urn believed to contain the actual ashes of a set of deposits burned as a trophy, and England and Australia have since destroyed it.
Since then, there have been many memorable moments. The infamous ‘Bodyline’ series of 1932-33 almost caused a diplomatic mishap as England dotted the Australians with aggressive and short bowling. In 1981 Ian Botham almost single-handedly recovered the urn in what became known as “Botham’s Ashes”, and in 1993 a young Shane Warne announced his arrival on the world stage with the “Ball of the Century ”streaking past Mike Gatting. Lots of fuss for a trophy barely four inches high!
What’s so exciting about Ashes 2019?
Another extremely exciting prospect is this year’s edition. England are set to restore some pride after being beaten 4-0 in the final series in 2017-18, while Australia have their own reputations to rebuild, with former captain Steve Smith and opener destroyer David Warner back on the testing side after serving. one-year bans for tampering with bullets. Expect a chorus of boos to follow these two across the country.
On the English side, there are a few questions that need to be answered. Will Jofra Archer follow a sensational World Cup with a test start? And can the team finally find a reliable opener to replace retiree Alastair Cook – perhaps in the form of specialist for a day Jason Roy?
When will the Ashes 2019?
Whatever happens, it will be a tight and tense series, and it all starts on August 1, so cricket fans old and new alike won’t want to miss it. There are five tests in total, and the timeline is below.
- 1st test, August 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham
- 2nd test, August 14-18 at Lord’s, London
- 3rd test, 22-26 August at Headingley, Leeds
- 4th test, September 4-8 at Old Trafford, Manchester
- 5th test, September 12-16 at The Oval, London
How can I look at the ashes?
While new fans may have gotten a taste of cricket with the World Cup final airing on Channel 4, the Ashes are returning to Sky Sports, which means you’ll need a subscription to the service to witness all the action.
A full Sky Sports package costs £ 23 per month on top of the standard Entertainment package and comes with an 18 month contract. If you are only interested in cricket, you can get the Sky Sports Cricket channel without the rest of the sports deals for £ 18 per month.
The full range of Sky Sports channels are also available on Virgin Media as part of its Full House Sports TV and Broadband package, although this will cost £ 65 per month for a 12-month contract.
If you don’t want to commit to a long-term contract, you shouldn’t miss this. You can also access the Ashes via a NOW TV Sports Pass. A weekly pass that will allow you to watch all five days of a test will cost £ 14.99 while a monthly pass will cost £ 33.99, without a contract.
Compare Uswitch’s best Sky Sports TV plans
Compare all Uswitch TV packages with Sky Sports