With the sport’s biggest rivalry all set to take off this year once again, maybe it’s a decent time to know a little bit about the history and the facts surrounding it. This year, The ASHES starts from July( 8th -12th )at cardiff and ends at London in August (20th-24th).
So here are some interesting facts that every ASHES fan might like..
- The terms the Ashes was first used after England lost to Australia for the first time on home soil in 1882 which resulted in a satirical obituary from the British Newspaper “The Sporting Times” which read “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.
- It’s believed that the real Ashes – a small Urn thought to contain the ashes of a burnt Bail although it is the subject of some debate (some say it’s not the bail, but the ball)
- The Urn is also a symbol of love — Having won the series in 1883 by a 2-1 margin, England captain Ivo Bligh was presented with a terracotta containing the Ashes . During the Presentation, a lady by name Florence Murphy was present. Bligh was smitten and decided to extend his stay for an additional five weeks before the two became engaged. Later when Bligh died , murphy donated it to the Lords Cricket Museum.
- No matter who wins the series, the Ashes urn always remains in the Lord’s Museum.
- The Winners are given a replica to celebrate with.
- If a Series is drawn, the Country that Won the last time keeps it.
- The Ashes – urn is about 11cm high and 124.8grams in weight.
- The Women’s Ashes was first played in 1934.
- Ever wondered what’s written on it? Here it is.
When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The Welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn,
And the rest coming home with the urn