England had enjoyed good form leading up to the series, with a 3– 0 One Day International. The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia.
The Ashes are regarded as being held by the team that most recently won the Test series. If the test series is drawn, the team that currently holds the Ashes retains the trophy.
One of the founding members of the ICC, Australia remains one of its most powerful countries both on and off the field. The history of cricket in Australia dates to 1803 when the game was introduced by the crew of a British ship.