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The legend, the urn of ashes
The ashes Test is one of the prestigious tournaments in the history of cricket. This comprises a 5 match series held once in every two years between the two cricket giants, England and Australia. This tiny little trophy has a very interesting historical background. From 1877, history took its shape and became the most valued tournament in the history of world cricket.
In august 29,1882 , Australia was playing in oval against England. The home side was brutally defeated. For England, it was first defeat in a home test match. Following the defeat the newspaper Sporting times reported fiercely and planted the seed of Ashes.
The mockery said,
“The affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at the Oval on 29 th August, 1882…the body will be cremated and the ashes taken back to Australia.”
Following winter England regained their victory in Australia tour. A group of Australian women presented an urn to the English captain Ivo Bligh which was made by either ash of a ball, a bail or a veil depending which legend you believe. Ivo Bligh married that woman who presented the urn to him filling with ashes of two balls.
In August 1926, Ivo Bligh displayed the ashes urn to the morning post in a decorative art exhibition in the central hall.
Since then the test between England and Australia has always been regarded as The Ashes. The ownership is given to that team whichever gains the outright victory.
In recent years a replica is given to the winning captain instead of the original. Its because the original urn of ashes was kept by the widow of Ivo Bligh following his death in 1927.
So far Australia has won 32 series and England 31 with the drawn of 5 series. Australia is the most successful in Ashes. Sir Donald Bradman is the leading run-scorer with 5028 runs and Australian leg spinner Shane Warne is the leading wicket-taker grabbing 195 wickets.
The traditional urn given to the winning team attracted not only the cricket-loving people but to the world sport. It is, in fact, the smallest trophy ever made for any kind of game. The ashes tradition put so many influences on the development of cricket. This will remain a milestone in cricket history both in the traditional and cultural background.
Here you can find all the reports and scorecards of the latest Ashes series in 2019.