The Ashes story: How it all began

The Ashes battle is one of international sports most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882.

The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper The Sporting Times in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time.

Exploiting contemporary debate about whether to legalise cremation the obituary stated that English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. England captain The Hon Ivo Bligh promised that on the tour to Australia in 1882–83 he would regain "the ashes" and the term began to be established. During that tour a small terracotta urn was presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women.

This clip documents some of the early years of Ashes history.



No comments received so far. (U09)
Share with
What are these?
Nauman Ali

Nauman Ali
(International Debut: 2021)

Pakistan

Lawrence, Daniel W

Lawrence, Daniel W
(International Debut: 2021)

England

Robinson, Oliver E

Robinson, Oliver E
(International Debut: 2021)

England

* A random selection from our most recent newcomers
Briggs, John

Briggs, John
(160 yrs)

03/10/1862
England

Laughlin, Ben
(40 yrs)

03/10/1982
Australia

Troup, Gary B
(70 yrs)

03/10/1952
New Zealand

*These videos are a random selection from today's birthdays
around the world
more...
CricketCrowd Articles
more...