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First time in 139 years: Ashes moved for Hundred game

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First time in 139 years of history. Ashes will not be starting in August with the first test match next year. This will happen due to The Hundred. According to reports, this move is said to happen in order to ensure players are available for most matches in the new format.

In the coming year, we would see that Ashes will not start at their usual time as it usually does. This year, as noted by the ECB. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow preferred to sit out and prepare South Africa Tour. England after completion of The Hundred tournament will play a series against South Africa at home. It’s also reported that a few players like Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Zak crawly, and Mathew Pots will only be available for the first week of the tournament. The famous English media reported that due to this issue and to avoid them the Ashes series should be moved further.

Australia and England’s take on this

The reports of this news also suggest that the move would not only benefit the English players but also the Aussies and allow them to focus more on white ball cricket which would help them in the upcoming world cup. The conclusion of Ashes at the earliest was in the year 1909. Also, some other reports suggest that England plans to keep themselves busy in summer by playing only white ball cricket. They are said to play white ball cricket against Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It would be some of the best preparation for the upcoming World cup.

On this matter, the Australian team seems to be agreeing on the changes. The Aussies, believe they are currently in the second spot in the World Test Championship. Aussies believe they can play the finals and also have a good practice before crucial series.

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