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1953 Ashes

The Australian team under Lindsay Hassett toured England during the Queen's coronation year of 1953 and played a five-match Test series.

After 4 successive draws in rain affacted matches, 6 days were allocated for the 5th and final Test match at the Oval. England under Len Hutton won the final Test to take the series 1-0 after spin played a decisive factor. Australia went in with no spinners but Engand's Jim Laker and Tony Lock, on their home pitch, led the way for a 8 wicket win. 

England thus recovered the Ashes for the first time since 1934 sparking a long celebration.

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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 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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