The 2019 Ashes series
was a series of Test cricket matches played between England and Australia for The Ashes in August and September 2019. The venues were Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval. Australia were the defending holders of the Ashes going into the series, having won in 2017–18. It was the first Test series of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. During the second Test match a concussion substitute was used for the first time in international cricket. Australia retained the Ashes after winning the fourth Test with England leveling the series 2–2 in the final test, resulting in the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.