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3 Signs Australia Could Win The 2017-18 Ashes

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The 2017-2018 Ashes Series is almost here. It all starts at the end of November – and chances are it’s going to be a true test for both sides.

The days of Australia’s Ashes dominance are long behind us. Since ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and the English team broke their 18-year Ashes drought back in 2005, Australia has won just two of the past six series.

The most recent Ashes series in England two years ago was the most evenly matched in years, as the hosts won the series three matches to Australia’s two.

This time around the series is back in Australia, with the tourists first facing the Aussie team at the ‘Gabba in late November. Following Brisbane the series goes to Adelaide, the WACA in Perth, through to the Boxing Day test at the MCG, before rounding out the series at the SCG in Sydney early in the New Year.

So who is looking likely to take home the Ashes in 2017-18?

It’s fair to say Australia has the upper hand with this year’s Series taking place down under, but that doesn’t mean it will be an easy feat.

Let’s cover off how we think the home ground advantage could deliver the goods the Australian team needs to win this year:

- Home crowds

- Australian pitches

- History

A home crowd is a good crowd for Australia, and while plenty of Poms can be expected to attend, the home grown fans will be there in droves. (In fact, if you want tickets, you’d better be quick as demand is high).

There’s nothing like a sense of familiarity to give a team a bit of an edge and Australia benefit in this year’s series. Pitch, terrain and the all important weather factor. Let’s face it - an English summer doesn’t quite prepare anyone for an Aussie summer spent standing in the sun.

They say history is the best predictor of the future, and of the 34 Series played in Australia, the Aussies have won 18 of them – that a win rate of 52.9%.

But we’ll still have to work for it.

The key will be getting off to a good start and gaining a mental edge over the opposition. The first test plays out in Brisbane, where England haven’t won since 1988. Hopefully we’ll see some great moments, like these Five Epic Ashes Moments from the Last 50 Years.

Don’t miss out on the 2017-18 Ashes Series – grab Ashes tickets for a match or maybe all five tests and be apart of another history-making sporting event.