A year to the day since the season began, the 2019 season kicked off with a bang.
The Aussies dominated the cricket calendar, with a record of 33 wins, 10 losses and three draws, and also reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20, making it to the final on a record-breaking four occasions.
And in all of it, they managed to maintain their dominance of Test cricket, which meant that the Ashes would be held under a new flag, which would become the Aussians’ first title since 2003.
As always, the cricket was exciting, with the Australians scoring an unprecedented 972 runs at 16.50 apiece in the opening Test.
The Aussmen’s attack, which included a series of spectacular wickets, continued in the second Test against England at The Oval, with Australia scoring five hundreds and eight fifties.
England were the first to score in the third Test, which saw Australia’s pace take over the game, and the game saw another thrilling run from England, with Shane Watson and Moeen Ali both getting a go-ahead run off the back of the second ball.
And it was in that innings that Australia had one of the most remarkable individual performances in Test history, with Joe Root and Brad Haddin both setting the record for the highest score in a Test match in the history of the game.
In the final Test of the series, a Test win for Australia, they took the lead and won it in the eighth over of the day.
It was a milestone for Australian cricket, but a step too far for the ECB.
A year on, the ICC has taken a different approach to the 2019 calendar, in an attempt to keep Test cricket competitive with the Ashes.
Cricket is a major part of the Aussie economy, with more than 30 per cent of Australians working in the game in some capacity, according to the World Bank.
While the ICC will now honour the series as a one-off, they also intend to hold a grand final at the SCG in 2020.
With the ICC now planning for the 2026-27 season, a date has been confirmed, with South Africa’s first Test against India set to take place in 2019.
Despite the lack of an Ashes series in the near future, South Africa will still be hoping to be able to host an Ashes Test in 2019, with both the hosts and the opposition having to qualify for the Ashes Test series in 2019 at some point in the future.
ESPNcricinfo will be reporting from Adelaide in 2018 and 2019.