For many Australians the beginning of the Ashes marks the start of summer where Australia takes on England in a best of 5 test series. This age-old tradition brings about the nation with the game meaning a lot more to individuals and families than just a tussle between bat and ball.
The Ashes have a long-standing history within Australia that dates back to 1882. With deep roots within family tradition, it’s a truly intergenerational game with a lot of story. Whether it’s your pop, nan, dad or aunty, there is someone in everybody’s family to watch the game with. The summer dinner tables filled with discussions on Donald Bradman, Michael Clarke and Lyon’s ridiculous runout.
Australian family man Brian Gainsford in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald told of his family summers watching the game, “Our family would always go to Manly in January for the holidays…then we’d go to the Test match. We were a sporting family but our main aim was to go to the Test match.”
The rivalry between countries is equal parts intense, witty and light-hearted with Australians bringing the banter to meet their oppositions from across the ocean, the barmy army. Each country comes together to back their boys and take on the opposition team and fans. Even if cricket or sport isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, picking on England is something you can definitely get around. The banter is as strong as the beers are cold.
Once again, the English Cricket team cross the seas to face their old enemy, sunlight. #Ashes
— Titus O’Reily (@TitusOReily) November 22, 2017
It’s also a game that showcases mateship, a fundamentally value in our recent Australia history. Our boys get around each other just as much as we do, and it’s great to watch.
— ICC (@ICC) November 23, 2017
With zinc covered faces and frothies in hand, Australians love to come together to cheer on our boys. C’mon Gary.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 23, 2017