Cricket - Australia 2013

  • Posted by EDrury46
  • April 21, 2013 7:38 AM AEST
Looking at the locations and dates of the Ashes 2013 series in Australia.

Following  on from the previous article on what's happening in the world of Australian Rugby, I thought I'd take a look at cricket for this week.


2013 will mark the 131st year since the first Ashes series in 1882. The Ashes are a test cricket series played between England and Australia. The first test was in 1882 in England when Australia won the test. It was the first time England had lost a test on home soil. A mock-obituary was made up stating that English Cricket had died and the 'body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia'. The idea of the 'ashes' became a running topic between the two teams and was then adopted as the name for the series which was then played every two years. The time between each series is 18-30 months depending on which country the test is being held in.


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Before and in-between test matches this year, general tour matches will be held between England and Australia in various locations around Australia. The first of those matches will be held in Perth's WACA on October 31st. Matches will then be played at the following locations:

  • Hobart's Blundstone Arena Bellerive - 6th-9th November
  • Sydney Cricket Ground - 13th-16th November
  • Manuka Oval - 29th-30th November

Each of the five tests are held in a different city. The dates and locations for these will be:

  • 1st Test: Brisbane - Gabba - Brisbane Cricket Ground - 21st-25th November
  • 2nd Test: Adelaide - Adelaide Oval - 5th-9th December
  • 3rd Test: Perth - WACA - 13th-17th December
  • 4th Test: Melbourne - Melbourne Cricket Ground - 26th-30th December
  • 5th Test: Sydney - SCG - 3rd-7th January

The match in Melbourne on Thursday 26th December is a match that is held every year regardless of the Ashes, although, the team that Australia plays against varies from year to year when not coinciding with the Ashes. Sydney also hosts a match around New Year's normally as well.


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So far throughout the history of the tournament, Australia have won 31 series, England 30 and they have drawn five. This year's series will certainly be an exciting one!


So just as the rugby will be a good reason to make a trip to Australia, or to visit other parts of the country, so will the cricket. The five host cities of the test matches are all fascinating places to visit. Take a look at Melbourne , Sydney and its Blue Mountains, the East Coast (including the Gold Coast and the Sapphire Coast up from Sydney to Melbourne) and there are more articles around TripTide of other things that there are to do in and around these wonderful cities.