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2001 Ashes

Steve Waugh led the Australian team on its Ashes tour in 2001 whilst England were captained by Nasser Hussain. Australia won the Test series 4-1 and extended their dominance of the home team since they won back the Ashes in 1989.

On his Ashes debut, Adam Gilchrist  smashed 152 in 143 balls in the first Test against England at Edgbaston as Australia won by an innings and 118 runs to take a stranglehold of the series. In the final Test at the Oval, Steve Waugh showed remarkable courage after a calf injury left him hobbling as he made a defiant 157 not out.

Glenn McGrath (32 wickets) and Mark Butcher (436 runs) were named Players of the Series. The series also marked the retirement of former England captain Mike Atherton, who finished his international career after the Fifth and final Test.

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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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