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The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia since 1882. It is one of the most celebrated rivalries in international sport and is played biennially, alternately in England and Australia.


The ashes is a test series played between arch rivals England and Australia Since 1882.

The format of ashes is 5 test matches having rules of regular test matches.
The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, in 1882 after a match at the Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain the Ashes.

The administrator of ashes series is International cricket council. This council have rights to manage the series. The first ahes series is played in 1882 and next being played now in 2013 where England is hot favourite. Overall Australia remins most successful with 31 series win while england with 30 series wins. The remaining 5 series were drawn where australia retained ashes 4 times while England 1 time.

From early 90's, aussies dominates on the cricket world, and from that time they were continuously winning ashes since 2008. That has been the great era for aussies history.

The most run scorer in history is Australia's Donald Brandman who scored 5028 runs. The most wickets is also from Australia, Shane watson who took 195 wickets.

In 2013 Ashes series, Aussies are a bit weak team from English team. Their senior playes are out of touch and younsters are also not performing well. On the other hand England are really strong on paper and are hot favourites. If England wins ashes 2013, they will equal most series wins with aussies i.e 31 each.


"In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29th August, 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances, RIP. NB The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia."

Australia's first victory on English soil over the full strength of England, on August 29, 1882, inspired a young London journalist, Reginald Shirley Brooks, to write this mock "obituary''. It appeared in the Sporting Times.

Before England's defeat at The Oval, by seven runs, arrangements had already been made for the Hon. Ivo Bligh, afterwards Lord Darnley, to lead a team to Australia. Three weeks later they set out, now with the popular objective of recovering the Ashes. In the event, Australia won the first Test by nine wickets, but with England winning the next two it became generally accepted that they brought back the Ashes.

It was long believed that the real Ashes - a small urn thought to contain the ashes of a bail used in the third match - were presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. In 1998, Lord Darnley's 82-year-old daughter-in-law said they were the remains of her mother-in-law's veil, not a bail. Other evidence suggests a ball. The certain origin of the Ashes, therefore, is the subject of some dispute.

After Lord Darnley's death in 1927, the urn was given to MCC by Lord Darnley's Australian-born widow, Florence. It can be seen in the cricket museum at Lord's, together with a red and gold velvet bag, made specially for it, and the scorecard of the 1882 match.

The text on the urn is as follows:-
When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.


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