The Ashes Cricket Series in Adelaide

By Viator, October 2013

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The Ashes are one of the biggest sporting events between England and Australia. Stretched out over two months, the five Test matches of cricket are a national icon.

Taking their name from a good natured dig at the competitive cricketing spirit between Australia and England, the Ashes have become synonymous with jokes, teasing and the propensity of the winning side to rub it in.

To date, of the 67 series played, both Australia and England have won an equal 31 series, with 5 series tied. The last Ashes series was won by England, closing a three year winning streak. This year’s series is sure to host some spectacular matches as both sides vie for glory.

The Ashes is usually played on an 18 month rotation, and it’s unusual that this Ashes is actually the second to be played this year. This series, beginning November 21st, is being held only 3 months after the last test of the previous series in order to avoid ending the next series directly before the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The Second Test of the Ashes is being held at Adelaide Oval on the 5th through 9th of December. The Adelaide Oval is said to be one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia. The oval has a capacity of 36,000 people and is used for Australian rules football, rugby, soccer and concerts as well as cricket.

The picturesque nature of Adelaide isn’t restricted only to the Oval. Adelaide is surrounded by stunning scenery. The Murray River, Barossa Valley wine region and Kangaroo Island all lie within easy reach of the South Australian capital. Be sure to take a day off from watching the cricket to indulge in a wine tasting tour of the Barossa Valley, or if time is short, visiting some of the cellar doors within the city itself.

Hands down the experience that you cannot miss when visiting Adelaide (aside from the cricket, of course!) is Kangaroo Island. Whilst the island can be explored in a day, three days allows for a much more relaxed and in depth adventure on this natural gem.

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