The Greatest Rivalry in World cricket – “The Ashes” Unfolded

The Ashes, one of cricket’s oldest, most renowned, and fiery rivalries in cricket where two of the best teams in world cricket England and Australia battle it out in the extreme test of cricket to win the Ashes Urn is one of the most mouth-watering contests in world cricket. Here, the fire is all about the Ashes

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WHAT IS THE ASHES URN?

The Ashes Urn is a small urn made of terracotta being 10.5cm high, which is believed to contain the ashes of a burnt cricket bail, signifying the rivalry to take home the ashes.

HOW DID THE ASHES RIVALRY START?

The Ashes rivalry started in 1882 when Australia beat England at the Oval in England.  A home defeat is always heart-rending and so was it for England, wherein Australia beat England in England for the first time. The term “The Ashes” was first used after this defeat.

A day later, the Sporting Times mocked English cricket and concluded that: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.

Credits: BBC

This marked Australia’s first victory against England in England, and it was a disappointing event for England. After a few weeks, an England team captained by Bligh set off on a tour to Australia to bring the ashes back home.

As they say, whatever happens, happens for good, and this series loss triggered one of the greatest rivalries the cricketing world has seen. Ever since that contest, The Ashes has proved to be a cracker of an event.

The Ashes take place in the test format, which is considered to be the ultimate format of cricket making the contest even more intense and worthier. One of the most crucial things for both sides is to win The Ashes not only at home but also, away from home. The contest is so that at times an Ashes victory might weigh more than a world cup. The importance of the ashes is unimaginable.

Series after series both the teams have been able to impress each and everyone with their performance.

“THE ASHES”

ADMINISTRATOR

International Cricket Council

FIRST EDITION

1882-83

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

5 Match Test Series (However in the past there have been a few 4 match test series and 6 match test series as well)

CURRENT TROPHY HOLDER

Australia

MOST RUNS

Australia – Sir Donald Bradman (5028 runs)

England – Sir Jack Hobbs (3636 runs)

MOST HUNDREDS

Australia – Sir Donald Bradman (19 centuries)

England – Sir Jack Hobbs (12 centuries)

MOST WICKETS

Australia – Shane Warne (195 wickets)

England – Ian Botham (128 wickets)

MOST SUCCESSFUL CAPTAIN

WG Grace, who captained the England side is considered to be the most successful captain of The Ashes, winning four Ashes series.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Australia holds the upper hand in this contest with the number of test matches win significantly more than England

The number of series wins is neck to neck with Australia being slightly ahead with them winning just one series more than England

All in all it seems as if Australia have the upper hand in The Ashes, however England isn’t too far behind and no one knows what’s next in this game of cricket, which keeps all the cricketing fans engrossed in this contest.

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