The Ashes

The Ashes is a 'trophy' for which England and Australia compete in Test match cricket. Its origin goes back to 1882 when Australia beat England at the Oval and the Sporting Times published a mock obituary notice: 'In affectionate remembrance of English Cricket which died at the Oval on 29th August 1882, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. N.B. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.' When the Honorable Ivo Bligh took an English team to Australia the following winter it was said that he had gone to recover the Ashes, and his victory by two matches to one against Murdoch's team was marked by the presentation to him of a small urn containing the ashes of a stump. This urn, also referred to as the Ashes, is now in the museum at Lord's. It has never been competed for as a trophy.

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