Originally Posted by Cabinet96
I think it's pretty stupid tbh. Because of the different seasons, the Ashes isn't played every 2 years, it's played every year and half and then again in 2 and a half years. Why not just do the next Ashes the year after the World Cup, meaning there's a gap of 2 and a half years after the one in England, and then a gap of a year and a half before the 2017 one in England? The way it is, I think the team that wins the first series will have a huge advantage over the opposition for the second one in 2013/14.
And why are we doing another one in 2015?
Basically they wanted to shift the Ashes in Australia forward so it doesn't clash with the World Cup, which would have meant the next Ashes would have been in 2016. The ECB wanted to avoid clashing the Ashes with the European Football Championship, hence bringing the English leg forward to 2015.
The irony is that in 2019, Australia will be on these shores for the Ashes...right after a World Cup.