The Ashes History of England
Despite claiming victory in the first eight Ashes series’, England are second best to Australia as far as the overall stats are concerned. At the time of writing, they have won 32 series’ compared to the Aussies’ 34, while they are well behind when it comes to the number of Test Matches that have been won.
England currently stand on 108 successes compared to 140 wins for the Baggy Greens and that means that the former have held the Ashes for approximately 55.5 years compared to their opponents’ 82.5 years.
The first eight Ashes’ series saw England claim victory on each occasion, although that was comfortably their longest winning streak. Indeed, they held a significant advantage considering that they won a further three series’ after Australia had broken their duck in 1891-92.
Wins have been increasingly hard to come by and that’s especially Down Under for the English team who have suffered some heavy recent defeats. They did manage a 3-1 win in the 2010-11 series, although that was followed by a whitewash in 2013-14 and heavy defeats have continued to follow since then.
Who Holds the Ashes Records for England?
Stuart Broad is one of the greatest Test Match cricketers that England have ever produced and the bowler recently became the all-time wicket taker in Ashes series’ for his country. Between 2009-2022, Broad racked up 131 wickets and helped his country swing the pendulum back towards parity as a result.
During the Ashes series’, Broad has achieved a strike rate of 55.1 and he has taken a five-wicket haul on eight occasions, while he has managed ten wickets once before. He was able to leapfrog Ian Botham who continues to be second on the Ashes wicket taker list for England and he also achieved greatness with the bat.
Botham was able to serve it to the Aussies on a regular basis and he managed to take 128 wickets during an illustrious career. Sometimes he wasn’t able to achieve victory singlehandedly in what was a decidedly sticky patch for English cricket, although he was a notable achiever at the crease between 1977-1989.
Jack Hobbs was known as The Master when it came to batting for England and he remains top of the pile when it comes to run scored for his country in The Ashes. 3,636 runs were attained between 1908-1930, with this leading to an average of 54.26 and it included twelve centuries in total. He was able to rack up fifteen 50’s to boot.
David Gower used to come in at the difficult number three in the order although this was a strong player to have in your side and the Englishman signed off with over 3,000 runs in The Ashes, with this player featuring in matches between 1978-1991. He struck nine centuries and achieved an average of 46.01.