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Ashes 2025/26: Dates, schedule, history and odds

The 2023 Ashes may be over but already eyes have turned to the next series when England will head to Australia looking to cause an upset.

Australia retained the Ashes after drawing the series 2-2 in England, but you get the feeling there is unfinished business for both sides.

England will feel they let the series slip away despite battling back from 2-0, while Australia will be disappointed not to have got the job done after winning the first two Tests.

There was also no love lost between the two teams both on and off the field so we could be in for another fiery series down under.

The start of the series is someway off but will soon be upon us so let’s take a look ahead.

Ashes 2025/26 schedule and dates

The full schedule for the 2025/26 Ashes series in Australia has yet to be fully confirmed, but we have a rough idea of the dates and venue.

One of the Tests that is already locked in, is of course the traditional Boxing Day Test that is played at the MCG in Melbourne each year.

In 2025/26 it will be the turn of England to play at the iconic venue, and it does not get much bigger in Test-match history.

The Ashes series usually begins with the first Test being played at the Gabba in Brisbane at the end of the first week in December.

Then the two teams will head to South Australia the week after to play the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.

After the Boxing Day Test, it will be the turn of another iconic venue in the shape of the SCG in Sydney. The fourth Test will be the first of the new year, taking place in the first week of January.

To wrap up the Ashes series both Australia and England will head over to Perth, Western Australia.

The infamous WACA is no more as far as a Test cricket venue is concerned and the fifth Test will be played at the new 60,000 capacity Optus Stadium.

2025/26 Ashes odds

As you would expect being on home soil, the Australians are the hot fancies to go on and win the 2025/25 Ashes series.

They can be backed at 1.66 to win the series outright, but England will be out to cause an upset by picking up a rare series win down under.

England are priced at 3.40 to win the series. A drawn series which would again mean Australia retaining the Ashes, can be backed at 5.50.

Ashes history

Overall in Ashes history there is not much to choose between Australia and England. Indeed in the 73 Ashes series played, Australia have won 34 and England 32. The other seven finished in a draw.

When it comes to Ashes Test matches, Australia have a healthy lead. Out of the 361 Test matches played Australia have won 152. England have won 111 and there have been 88 draws.

In recent Ashes series it is Australia that have dominated. The last three series in Australia have resulted in comfortable wins for the home side.

Indeed England have failed to win a single Test match in each of those three series, losing 5-0 and 4-0 twice.

The last time that England won a series in Australia was back in 2010/11 when they won it 3-1.

Before that, you had to go way back to 1986/87 for an England series win down under, when they claimed the Ashes 2-1.

It has been a different story in England, with Australia last winning a series back in 2001, over 20 years ago. England have won four of the six series played since then, with two finishing in draws.

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