The Ashes 2021/2022 – What to Expect This Season

The Ashes 2021/2022

Cricket is one of the sports with a busy annual calendar. 2021 may only have two more months left but cricket fans still have a lot to look forward to before the new year. The 2021-22 edition of The Ashes series is scheduled to start on December 8, 2021,and will last until January 18, 2022.

The Ashes 2021/2022 – What to Expect This Season

Excitement

Fans will have a lot to be excited about in the Ashes Series this year which will have Five Tests to be played between England and Australia. The Ashes cricket with 10CRIC would make a lot of noise in the cricket scene before the year ends and currently, Australia has the title from the 2018 series. Last year, England had the chance to get the title but the series ended with a draw.

More About the 2021-22 Edition

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given conditional approval for the series to push through in Australia last summer. The ECB released a statement about the eventhappening earlier this year and said, “Over recent weeks we have made excellent progress in moving forward on the England Men’s Ashes Tour.

“To facilitate further progress and allow a squad to be selected, The ECB board has met today and given its approval for the tour to go ahead. This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel. We look forward to the ongoing assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these matters in the coming days.”

In June, the ICC then announced that they will be selling tickets for the Test series for all venues in full capacity except for the Test that will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The capacity that is allowed for this venue is only 85 percent. According to the ICC, this is due to the local restrictions in Melbourne but they are still working closely with the government to ensure that safety protocols will be followed. There are no changes in the MCG capacity as of the moment.

This year, the tournament will also be called as Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series for sponsorship reasons. It will be held in Australia and as a tradition every time that the matches are held down under, the first Test will be held at The Gabba, Brisbane. There will be four other venues throughout the country that will be used and here they are with the full schedule:

Test

DATE

Time

VENUE

1st

December 8-12

00:00 GMT

The Gabba, Brisbane

2nd

December 16-20

d/n – 4:00 GMT

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

3rd

December 26-30

23:30 GMT

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

4th

January 5-9, 2022

23:30 GMT

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

5th

January 14-18, 2022

2:30 GMT

Optus Stadium, Perth

 

The 2nd test will be a day-night while the 3rd one is the traditional Melbourne Boxing Day Test. The venue for the final is also something that many Ashes Series fans are excited about because the last time that an Ashes Test was held in Perth was during the 1994-95 series.

Who Will Be Playing?

England has already released its 18-man lineup for the upcoming series. The team’s head coach will be Chris Silverwood. Here’s a list of the cricketers that will play for England:

Joe Root (C)
Jonny Bairstow
Stuart Broad
Jos Buttler
Haseeb Hameed
Jack Leach
Craig Overton
Ollie Robinson
Mark Wood
James Anderson
Dom Bess
Rory Burns
Zak Crawley
Dan Lawrence
Dawid Malan
Ollie Pope
Ben Stokes
Chris Woakes

Australia is expected to release its lineup on a later date but, likely, Tim Paine will still be the captain of the team. Paine recently had to undergo surgery to fix a pinched nerve in his neck but according to his team, he should be ready to play at the start of the Ashes Series.

Other names that are likely to be included in the Australian team are David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuscharge, Matthew Wade, and Joe Burns. Many thought that 23-year-old Will Pucovski will also be playing for this series but it was recently announced that he won’t be ready by the 1st Test.

Pucovski’s state coach, Chris Rogers, recently talked to the reporters about the young cricketer’s condition. He was recently ruled out of the Sheffield Shield game in Victoria and based on what Roger’s said, it’s hard to gauge whether he will be ready to play again at any point of the Ashes series.

Rogers said, “It’s no doubt a setback. I’d say now it’s unlikely he will play in the first Test. He hasn’t quite recovered as well as hoped to play in this (Shield) game from the concussion. So, in discussions with the medical team and the national selectors, it was felt we give him a bit more time before we select him to play for Victoria.

“No doubt there’s a lot of frustration for him, he wants to be playing. He hasn’t played for seven months and to walk straight back into the cauldron and have to perform against very good opposition, that is going to be difficult.”

Rogers went on and said, “The decision is to look after him and allow him a bit more time to prepare in the right way rather than rush him into matches that are going to have a lot of intensity and a lot of scrutiny for him.

“There’s a strong desire to get him into that Australian side because he’s such a talented player and a lot of people recognize it. But he hasn’t played for seven months so we have got to be mindful of the fact that we want him to, and no doubt he does as well, have a long career. So there has got to be some thought around what is in his best interests and how that plays out.”

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