The Ashes is once again coming to Australia. For the second time this year, Australia is hosting the Test Cricket series between Australia and England.
Known as one of the most contended titles in international sport, the Ashes are fought for the honour of the nation – at least between cricket fans from the two nations. Named after a commentator joking commented that English cricket died upon Australia’s first win on English soil, the Ashes are the cause of a whole lot of good-natured ribbing between Aussies and English everywhere.
This series is the second played this year. In order to prevent the next series being played back-to-back with the Cricket World Cup, players have had only 3 months to recover and train after the last series. This series, beginning November 21, is highly anticipated by Australians who hope to recover the cup after England won the last three series.
Melbourne is hosting the Fourth Test of the series at the MCG, located close to the heart of the city in the suburb of East Melbourne, from December 26-30. The MCG is Australia’s largest stadium and the tenth largest in the world. Remembered lovingly as the host of the 1956 Summer Olympics and, more recently, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the MCG has a rich history in international sport.
The MCG has a capacity of 100,000 people, though 130,000 have been known to cram in for events prior to the seating being capped. Considered by many as the spiritual home of Australian sport, you’re going to want to take a look through the National Sports Museum housed within the stadium, and maybe take a tour of the whole MCG.