The Ashes

The Ashes - 28/11/2017

The Ashes is a test cricket series played between the old rivals Australia and England. The winner of the test series gets to hold the Ashes until the next match. If the test ends as a draw then the country that currently has them retains the trophy.

The term ‘The Ashes’ originated from a British based newsletter, the Sporting Times straight after Australia’s 1882 victory at the Oval after their first test win in England. The satirical obituary said that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the Ashes given to Australia.

The ashes then became associated with the 1882 - 1883 series that commenced in Australia, before which the captain of England Ivo Bligh had vowed to “get the Ashes back”. The English media therefore dubbed the tour as the quest to regain the Ashes.

An Ashes series consists of five tests, hosted in turn by Australia and England at least every four years. Since August 2015, England has the Ashes having won three of the five tests in the 2015 Ashes series. England and Australia have both won 32 series each and five series have ended in a draw.

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