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The origin of Ashes series

The origin of Ashes series

Published Date: 28 Mar 2016 | Update : 28 Mar 2016
Most of the cricket lovers must have heard The Ashes test cricket series. But very few of us know the origin of Ashes. Here, a brief history of The Ashes test cricket series has been given.     The Ashes is a test cricket series played between England and Australia. Throughout its long history, winning the Ashes has been seen as a matter of national pride for the two sporting rivals. Today, there is an Ashes series in both men’s cricket and women’s cricket. But the Men’s Ashes series is more widely known.     Cricket was already a popular sport in England and Australia well before the Ashes began in the 1880s.’The Ashes’ was a term first used in August 1882 when England’s men’s team lost to Australia’s men’s team at ‘The Oval’ in London.     It was the first time England had lost to Australia on home soil and they were deeply demoralized by their loss. London journalist Reginaid Shirley Brooks wrote up a mock obituary to English cricket in British newspaper the Sporting Times. In this ‘obituary’, Brooks wrote that the body of English cricket would now be cremated and that the ashes would be taken to Australia.     A few weeks later, an English team headed to Australia vowing to return with the ‘ashes’ of English cricket. Australia vowed to keep the ashes and the joke continued. After one of the matches in Australia, English captain Ivo Biligh was given a small terracotta urn as a mock trophy. It symbolized the ashes he had travelled to regain. This urn now lives in the Marylebone Cricket Club in London.     Since 1921, the Men’s Ashes have been played every 2 years, with a 7-year respite during World War Two. The Ashes played in summer and alternatives its venue between England and Australia. As the seasons do not correlate in the two countries, the Ashes takes place either 18 months apart or 30 months apart.     The men’s Ashes are generally played over a five-match series, although four-match series and six match series have also been played. In the early years of Ashes Cricket, the women’s series were not played very frequently, with only 11 test series between 1934 and 1992. However, since 1998, the women’s Ashes has been played every 18 to 30 months to achieve more of an equal footing with the Men’s Ashes.     Ashes   Since the Ashes began, 65 men’s series have been played in total. Australia has won 31 of these series while England won 29. The other five Men’s Ashes series have resulted in a draw. When a draw occurs, the previous champions retain their trophy. Australia has retained the Ashes four-time due to a draw while England retained the Ashes just once.     Throughout the history of the Ashes, there have been spectacular players. One of the most respected of all is Australian cricketer Donald Bradman. Bradman is widely regarded as the greatest batsman in cricket history. The average amount of runs he scored was so high that for his final Ashes series in 1948 Bradman needed only four more runs for a lifetime test average of 100.     This meant that if he could hit four more runs before being dismissed, Bradman’s average amount of runs throughout his career would equal 100. Unfortunately for Bradman, he was bowled out before managing to score 4 runs. Nevertheless, Australia still won the Ashes that year and Bradman’s side did not lose a game in his final tour.  

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