The Ashes is the oldest Test rivalry between any two nations in cricket. England and Australia have been playing brilliant cricket to win the ‘Ashes urn’ since the year 1882. For the fans it is the most awaited tournament that is played with the longest format of the game.
List of Ashes Man of the Match Awards (Last 10 Ashes series) :
In such highly anticipated series, some players really stand out in each game to win games for their teams. They are awarded with the ‘Man of the Match’ award. The tradition of awarding the ‘Man of the Match’ in England vs Australia Test series began in the 1978/79 season in Australia.
Here is a list of players with most ‘Man of the Match’ awards in the last 10 Ashes series:
England’s Derek Randall won the first award in the first Test of the series as England beat the Aussies by 7 wickets. Randall scored 75 off 196 balls in the first innings and an unbeaten 74 off 175 balls in the second innings.
In the last 10 years, Australia’s Steven Smith (6) has the most number of Man of the Match awards to his name in Ashes series. The next two with most such awards are also Australians, Ricky Ponting (5) and Mitchell Johnson (4). No Englishman has won it more than 3 times.
50 matches have been played in the last 10 Ashes series. The Man of the Match award has gone to an Australian 32 times while it has gone to an Englishman only 18 times.