History of The Ashes

AshesThe Ashes is the term that echoes throughout the world, especially England and Australia, since 1882. It is the most celebrated cricket test series between two combatants for over centuries, Australia and England. The fight to gain world supremacy started in 1877. As long as cricket is played, Ashes will continue its challenges on a biannual basis.

The Ashes series taken place in England and Australia on an alternate basis once in two years. The break between the series is generally 18 to 30 months. Single, three, three, five, six or seven matches are played in each series with two innings in each match and on the rules and regulations of test cricket matches. The long fight for centuries between the two cricket rivalries draws the attention of cricket fans throughout the world.

The history of The Ashes takes us back to 1882 when Australia defeated England in a test at Oval Stadium, England. The Sporting Times, a British Newspaper gave a satirical obituary about England’s defeat in the English soil for the first time. The subject was that English Cricket has died and the ashes will be taken after cremation of the body. In the following year, the English team took a cricket tour to Australia to get a win and it is said that the team received an urn from Australian women that contained ash of some cricket equipment. The urn is considered as the trophy for the winning team. However, throughout years, the original urn has not been awarded to either team. An urn in some other form and appearance is awarded as alternative to the original one.

Since 1882, 310 tests, 157 in Australia and 153 in England has taken place. England and Australia have hosted 33 series each. Australia tops the board with 123 wins with England at 100wins and 87 matches drawn. Five Australian and six England venues are the majority ones to host the series. In addition, matches also take place at two other grounds in Australia and 3 other grounds in England. The century ratio between Australia and England is 264:212 and double centuries being 23:10. Australia has bowled England team on 41 occasions while it is 38 times for England. Throughout different series, both teams have set new records in cricket.

The 2010-2011 Ashes series has become popular through the world. England defeated Australia 3-1 in Australian ground after 24 years. Both the teams were in full form throughout the series. However the English men looked more energetic with their bats adding runs on the board. The series results were Match Drawn, England, Australia, England and again England win. Players from both the teams set records in the field making the series more entertaining. Finally it was with the English team this season. The next series is to taken place in England by 2013.

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