The Death of English Cricket and the Birth of the Ashes

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the-death-of-english-cricketI’ve often wondered about the history of the ashes. When did the rivalry begin? And where does the name come from?

In 1877, Charles Bannerman led the Australian team to its first test victory over an English visiting side. A year later a team of Aussies made the return voyage back to England and managed to defeat the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lords despite the best efforts of W. G. Grace.

In 1882 an Australian touring side repeated the feat much to the torment of the English press. This saddening defeat prompted the Sporting Times of London to write the mock obituary of English cricket. . .

“In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket

Which died at the Oval on 29th August, 1882,

Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing

friends and acquaintances


N.B The body will be cremated and the ashes

taken to Australia.”

Beating the English has since become a proud Aussie tradition!

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