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The Ashes

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The Ashes

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The Ashes

Once every two years, cricket fans become totally immersed in the Ashes – one of the game’s most celebrated tournaments played between England and Australia, and the oldest of its type. You probably know that England won the series in 2005 on home soil and took back the trophy for the first time since 1989. But you may not know that the contest is steeped in tradition and history. It all started with a cheeky mock obituary published in The Sporting Times in 1882 after Australia beat England for the first time at the Oval. It said that English cricket had died, the body had been cremated, and the ashes taken to Australia. And English players swore that something had to be done to get them back…

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The battle for the Ashes is one of sport's most historic and enduring events. The excitement generated this Summer as the famous urn returned to English hands was amazing and opened cricket to a new generation of fans.

Adrian Lee

The Ashes are an icon of England (and Australia) with a long history. However, the first official international cricket match was between Canada and the USA in 1844 - 33 years before the first Test Match between England and Australia, and 38 years before the start of the Ashes tradition.

It might help to provide the origine of the name. Is it an acronym? Were there some real ashes involved at the origin?

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