Ashes Cricket Series in Sydney

By Viator, June 2014

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The Ashes, one of the biggest sporting events between England and Australia, is almost upon us once again.

A test cricket series that was named after a commentator jokingly noted that English cricket had died following Australia’s first test cricket win on Australian soil, the Ashes have continued to be surrounded by good-natured teasing – usually by the winning side.

The last Ashes series, which ended in August, 2013, was won by England, continuing their recent winning streak into its third year. Of the 67 series played to date, Australia and England have both won 31 series, with 5 series drawn.

The 2013-14 Ashes series, beginning on November 21, is actually the second Ashes series to be played this year. The series is usually played on an 18-month rotation; this year’s 3-month gap between series has been shortened so as to avoid having the next series too close to the Cricket World Cup in 2015.

Sydney Cricket Ground

The Sydney Cricket Ground, or SCG, is where all of the action happens in Australia’s most iconic city. The all-important Fifth (and final) Test is being held at the SCG between the 3rd and 5th of January 2014. With a capacity to hold 47,000 screaming fans, the SCG is famous for its heritage.

The SCG was opened in 1881.Two original structures – the Members Pavillion and Ladies Pavillion – still stand to this day, and the SCG is one of only 3 grounds in the world to have hosted over 100 cricket tests, making the SCG one of the most historically significant of the cricket grounds that host the Ashes tests.

As well as the Fifth Test, a tour match between England and NSW XI is being held at the SCG between the 13th and 16th November 2013.

Things to do in Sydney

While in Sydney for the series, in your downtime, there are a number of great things to do and see. Take a tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, cruise the gorgeous and iconic Sydney Harbour, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cuddle a koala at Taronga Zoo or take a day trip to the famed Blue Mountains.

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