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1934 Ashes

Bill Woodfull led Australia on the 1934 Ashes series with a quest to repair the damage done by the prior Bodyline series and win back the Ashes. He was successful; winning two of the matches and losing one, with the other two tests drawn. Bob Wyatt led England, with Cyril Walters standing in for Wyatt in the first Test.

England levelled the series at Lord's. This 2nd Test is known as Verity's Match after left-arm spinner Hedley Verity took 15 wickets in the match on a sticky wicket. After draws in the third and fourth Tests, a win in the decisive final Test at the Oval returned the Ashes to Australian control.

The last two Tests of the series were notable for the batting of Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman, who shared partnerships of 388 at Headingley (scoring 181 and 304 respectively) and 451 at the Oval (scoring 266 and 244 respectively).

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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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