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2009 Ashes

The 2009 Ashes series was played over five Tests, with England winning the series 2–1. England thus reclaimed The Ashes from Australia, who had won the previous series in 2006–07.

The series started on 8 July 2009 with England battling to an exciting and defiant draw at Cardiff with last pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar at the wicket.

The series was locked in at 1-1 as they got to the Fifth Test at The Oval that would decide the series. Australia, as holders, needed only a draw to retain the Ashes. An inspired bowling performance from Stuart Broad and and a maiden Test century for Jonathan Trott gave England a 197-run win and a 2–1 series victory.

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The Ashes: A brief history (28 June 2013)

The first Test match was played between England and Australia in 1877 at the MCG. The Ashes legend started 5 years later, after the ninth Test, played in 1882 at the Oval in London.

The third Australian team to tour England in 1882 achieved the unthinkable. Until then, the English had never been beaten on home soil, but Australia led by by WL "Billy" Murdoch shocked England, with the legendary WG Grace in their ranks, lost by seven runs with Aussie fast bowler Fred Spofforth taking 14 wickets for 90 runs.

The following day, a mock obituary ran in the Sporting Times "in affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August, 1882". 

During the next tour to Australia in late 1882, a small terracotta urn was presented to the England captain Hon Ivo Bligh by a group of Melbourne women, led by Lady Clarke, after a friendly game that was played at Sir William Clarke's Rupertswood manor in Sunbury, Victoria. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of an item of cricket equipment such as a bail, or scarf, depending on which legend is true.

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