is a test cricket
played between England and
Australia. It is one of international cricket's most celebrated
rivalries and dates back to 1882. It is currently played biennially,
alternately in the United Kingdom and Australia. Cricket being a summer
sport, and the venues being in opposite hemispheres, the break between
series alternates between 18 and 30 months. A series of "The Ashes"
comprises five test matches, two innings per match, under the regular
rules for test match cricket. If a series is drawn then the country
already holding the Ashes retains them.
which died at the Oval
29th AUGUST 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
ashes taken to Australia.
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.
In February 1883, just before the disputed Fourth Test, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, the daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, both of Dublin, was given to Bligh to contain the urn.
During Darnley’s lifetime there was little public knowledge of the urn, and no record of a published photograph exists before 1924. However, when Darnley died in 1927 his widow presented the urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club and that was the key event in establishing the urn as the physical embodiment of the legendary ashes. MCC first displayed the urn in the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground and since 1953 in the MCC Cricket Museum at the ground. MCC’s wish for it to be seen by as wide a range of cricket enthusiasts as possible has led to its being mistaken for an official trophy.
It is in fact a private memento, and for this reason it is never awarded to either England or Australia, but is kept permanently in the MCC Cricket Museum where it can be seen together with the specially-made red and gold velvet bag and the scorecard of the 1882 match.
|Australia had one of the strongest batting line-ups
1930s, with Bradman, Archie Jackson, Stan McCabe, Bill Woodfull and
Bill Ponsford. It was the prospect of bowling at this line-up that
caused England's 1932–33 captain Douglas Jardine to adopt the tactic of
fast leg theory, also known as Bodyline.
Jardine instructed his fast bowlers, most notably Harold Larwood and Bill Voce, to bowl at the bodies of the Australian batsmen, with the goal of forcing them to defend their bodies with their bats, thus providing easy catches to a stacked leg-side field. Jardine insisted that the tactic was legitimate and called it "leg theory" but it was widely disparaged by its opponents, who dubbed it "Bodyline" (from "on the line of the body").