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2013/14 Ashes

Beginning with this 2013/14 Ashes series, the four-year cycle of Ashes series in Australia was brought forward one year due to the clash with the 2015 World Cup which was held in Australia Feb-March 2015. England led by Alastair Cook toured Australia just 4 months after retaining the Ashes at home.


On 17 December 2013, Australia led by Michael Clarke regained the Ashes for the first time since 2006–07 by winning the Third Test in Perth by 150 runs and taking an unassailable 3–0 lead in the series. Australia then went on to win the series 5–0 on 5 January 2014, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, only the third 5–0 Ashes clean sweep in history.

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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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