Host England will be keen to get off to a positive start when they face Australia in the 2019 Ashes series that starts from 1st August. Jason Roy, Joe Denly and uncapped Jofra Archer have been selected for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
England Captain Joe Root will be hoping that the side can turn their fortunes around in red-ball cricket after achieving an all-time high in limited-overs cricket. The home side will need to produce their best cricket in order to beat old enemy Australia in this five-match Test series.
On the other hand, Australian Skipper Tim Paine will be looking to spring a surprise over England and break their winless streak in the country.
Uncapped pacer Michael Neser, James Pattinson, wicket-keeper Mathew Wade and veteran pacer Peter Siddle have been included in the Australia’s squad for 2019 Ashes series.
Let’s take a look at some of the important statistics related to 2019 Ashes Test Series
2001 was the last time Australia won a Test series in England. Captain Tim Paine will be looking to break this drought in this Ashes series.
4 victories for Australia out of 21 Test matches played against England in England since January 2015..
347 matches have been played between England and Australia in Test cricket since 1880. Australia have dominated the proceedings with 144 victories. England have managed to win 108 matches in the format. 94 games have ended in a draw.
7 wickets needed by Australia’s premier spinner Nathan Lyon complete 350 wickets in the five-day format. He currently has taken 343 wickets in 87 matches at an average of 32.24.
194 runs required by England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket. Bairstow currently has scored 3806 runs in 65 matches with six centuries to his name.
282 runs needed by England Captain Joe Root to complete 7000 runs in Test cricket. Root has currently scored 6718 runs in 82 matches at an average of 49.03 with 16 centuries to his name.
16 runs needed by Australian Captain Tim Paine to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket. Wicket-keeper batsman has currently scored 984 runs in 22 matches at an average of 35.14 with five half-centuries to his name.
227 runs needed by Australian opener Usman Khuwaja to complete 3000 runs in Test cricket. Left-handed batsman has currently scored 2773 runs in 42 matches at an average of 42.66 with eight centuries to his name.