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Tag: ashes

What if everyone could compete for the Ashes?

Nick Barlow asks (and answers) a fascinating question:

A thought struck me as I was looking at the Cricinfo archive yesterday – what if the Ashes hadn’t stayed as purely England vs Australia series, but – when other countries started playing Test cricket – had been seen as an accolade everyone could play for?

He then proceeds to track this “alternate” Ashes from 1891 to 2011, when India retain the Ashes by drawing the series against South Africa.

Not a bad idea for a a Test Championship– you could always have a reigning heavyweight champion of Test cricket, with contenders clamoring to knock them down.

Of course, in Barlow’s “alternate” Ashes, Zimbabwe held the Ashes from 1998/99 to 99/00 by beating India at home.

The Next Ashes: Ten Consecutive Test Matches

This will either be an epic battle or an epic bore. Andre Wu for the Sydney Morning Herald:

In what is shaping as a bumper few years for Australian cricket fans and Cricket Australia’s bean-counters, the fierce rivals will play 10 consecutive Tests in two separate series in the second half of 2013 and early 2014..

Let’s hope England remains a top-notch team, and Australia continues to play every test match to win.