The 2019 Ashes Series (named Specsavers Ashes Series for sponsorship reasons) is series of Test cricket matches being played between England and Australia for The Ashes. The venues are Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval. Australia are the holders of the Ashes going into the series, having won in 2017–18. The series began later than the previous series in England and Wales due to the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which took place in England and Wales between May and July. This series includes the first Test matches of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.