2017–18 Ashes series
Part of English cricket team in Australia in 2017–18
Magellan Ashes Series official logo
Date 23 November 2017 to 8 January 2018
Location Australia
Result Australia won the five-Test series
Flag of Australia Australia Flag of England England
Steve Smith Joe Root
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The 2017–18 Ashes series (named Magellan Ashes Series for sponsorship reasons) is an ongoing series of Test cricket matches contested between England and Australia for The Ashes. The series is being played at five venues across Australia between 23 November 2017 and 8 January 2018. England were the defending holders of the Ashes going into the series, having won in 2015. Australia regained the Ashes after taking an unassailable lead with an innings victory in the third Test.


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In September 2017, Ben Stokes was named in the initial England squad, but was subsequently ruled out of international selection until further notice, whilst a disciplinary process takes place. The following month, he was withdrawn from the Ashes squad, pending an investigation, with Steven Finn added to England's squad. However, Finn himself was then ruled out of the tour, injuring his knee prior to the first warm-up game. Tom Curran was called up to replace him. James Anderson was named as England's vice-captain for the Test series in Stokes' absence. George Garton was added to England's squad as cover for Jake Ball during pre-Test tour matches, but returned to the England Lions when Ball recovered in time for the first Test.

Australia delayed the naming of its squad for the first two Tests until 17 November 2017, selecting Cameron Bancroft to replace Matthew Renshaw. Tim Paine returned to the team after a seven-year absence, ahead of Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill. Before the first Test, Glenn Maxwell was added to Australia's squad as cover for David Warner, who injured his neck at training. Mitchell Marsh was later added to Australia's squad ahead of the third Test, replacing Chadd Sayers.

Australia's Mitchell Starc and England's Craig Overton were both ruled out of the fourth Test due to heel and rib injuries respectively. Ahead of fifth Test, Ashton Agar was added to Australia's squad.


The five venues are the Gabba, Adelaide Oval, the WACA Ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The WACA Ground was expected to host its final Test during the series, prior to the opening of the new Perth Stadium. However, it was said in November 2015 that construction of the new stadium was well ahead of schedule and the Perth Test could be hosted at the new venue. A decision on the venue was made in May 2017, with the WACA Ground confirmed as the venue, as the new stadium would not be ready in time.

In December 2016, Cricket Australia (CA) were looking at hosting the first day/night Ashes match, with Adelaide being the likely venue. On 12 December 2016, it was confirmed that Adelaide Oval would host the first day/night Ashes Test.


1st Test

23–27 November 2017
Flag of England England
302 (116.4 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
328 (130.3 overs)
Australia won by 10 wickets
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Player of the match: Steve Smith (Aus)
James Vince 83 (170)
Mitchell Starc 3/77 (28 overs)
Steve Smith 141* (326)
Stuart Broad 3/49 (25 overs)
195 (71.4 overs) 0/173 (50 overs)
Joe Root 51 (104)
Josh Hazlewood 3/46 (16 overs)
David Warner 87* (119)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Due to rain and bad light 9.3 overs were lost on day 1.
  • Cameron Bancroft (Aus) made his Test debut.
  • Tim Paine (Aus) equalled the record for the most consecutive Test matches missed between appearances for Australia (78).
  • Mitchell Starc (Aus) took his 150th Test wicket.
  • [Cameron Bancroft]] and David Warner (Aus) broke the record for the highest unbeaten opening stand in a successful run chase in a Test match.

2nd Test

2–6 December 2017
Flag of Australia Australia
8/442d (149 overs)
v Flag of England England
227 (76.1 overs)
Australia won by 120 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Shaun Marsh (Aus)
Shaun Marsh 126* (231)
Craig Overton 3/105 (33 overs)
Craig Overton 41* (79)
Nathan Lyon 4/60 (24.1 overs)
138 (58 overs) 233 (84.2 overs)
Mitchell Starc 20 (25)
James Anderson 5/43 (22 overs)
Joe Root 67 (123)
Mitchell Starc 5/88 (19.2 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Due to rain 9 overs were lost on day 1 and 18.5 overs lost on day 2.
  • Craig Overton (Eng) made his Test debut and took his debut Test wicket.
  • James Anderson (Eng) took his first ever five-wicket haul in Australia in Tests.

3rd Test

14–18 December 2017
Flag of England England
403 (115.1 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
9/662d (179.3 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 41 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Steve Smith (Aus)
Dawid Malan 140 (227)
Mitchell Starc 4/91 (25.1 overs)
Steve Smith 239 (399)
James Anderson 4/116 (37.3 overs)
218 (72.5 overs)
James Vince 55 (95)
Josh Hazlewood 5/48 (18 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain prevented play during the first session of day 5.
  • Alastair Cook became the first player for England, and the 8th overall, to play 150 Tests.
  • Dawid Malan (Eng) and Mitchell Marsh (Aus) both scored their first centuries in Tests.
  • Australia's first innings' total was their highest score in an Ashes Test at home.
  • Australia regained the Ashes as a result of this match.

4th Test

26–30 December 2017
Flag of Australia Australia
327 (119 overs)
v Flag of England England
491 (144.1 overs)
Match drawn
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Alastair Cook (Eng)
David Warner 103 (151)
Stuart Broad 4/51 (28 overs)
Alastair Cook 244* (409)
Pat Cummins 4/117 (29.1 overs)
4/263d (124.2 overs)
Steve Smith 102* (275)
Joe Root 1/1 (3 overs)

5th Test

4–8 January 2018
Flag of Australia Australia v Flag of England England Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney


The series is being broadcast on television in Australia by the Nine Network. As part of a five-year deal with Cricket Australia that commenced in 2016, BT Sport are providing television coverage of the series in the United Kingdom.

External links

List of Ashes series
Non-Ashes Australia v England Test series

International cricket in 2017–18 vte
September 17' Australia in IndiaNetherlands in ZimbabweSri Lanka vs. Pakistan in United Arab EmiratesBangladesh in South Africa
October 17' Sri Lanka women in West IndiesWest Indies in ZimbabweEngland women in AustraliaNew Zealand in IndiaHong Kong Cricket SixesNew Zealand women vs. Pakistan in United Arab Emirates
November 17' Sri Lanka in IndiaEngland in Australia (The Ashes) • Scotland vs. PNG in United Arab EmiratesSri Lanka in South Africa
December 17' West Indies in New ZealandIreland vs. Afghanistan in United Arab EmiratesZimbabwe in South Africa
January 18' India in South AfricaPakistan in New ZealandUnited Arab Emirates Tri-Nation SeriesBangladesh Tri-Nation SeriesSri Lanka in Bangladesh
February 18' India women in South AfricaZimbabwe vs. Afghanistan in United Arab EmiratesTrans-Tasman Tri-SeriesWorld Cricket League Division TwoEngland in New Zealand
March 18' Australia in South Africa (ball-tampering scandal) • Cricket World Cup QualifierWest Indies women in New ZealandNidahas TrophyAustralia women in IndiaPakistan women in Sri LankaIndia women's Tri-Nation Series
Ongoing Intercontinental CupWorld Cricket League ChampionshipWomen's Championship

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