The Ashes

One of the oldest and most famous trophies in International sport, the 'Ashes' has been the symbolic prize at stake for over 120 years in Test series between Australia and England. The name comes from a mock obituary in the Sporting Times of 29 th August 1882 bemoaning the death of English cricket after a home defeat by the Australians. The ashes are reputed to be the remains of a bail which was burned, placed in an urn and presented to the England captain, Ivo Bligh, by a group of Australian ladies, after England had won the series in Australia in 1883. The little wooden urn, no bigger than a large egg cup, is housed permanently in the museum at Lord`s Cricket Ground in London.