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1928/29 Ashes

Percy Chapman led the England team that toured Australia in 1928–29. England regained The Ashes easily, winning the first four Tests for a comprehensive 4–1 series victory. 

England first came across a 20-year-old Don Bradman in the first Test in Brisbane; Bradman scored just 18 and 1, as England secured a mammoth 675-run victory. Bradman was promptly dropped for the next Test.

Wally Hammond was the real star for England having slammed double centuries at Sydney and Melbourne. In five consecutive Test innings, Hammond scored an incredible 779 runs at an average of 113, a record for a series at that time.

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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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