Speaking of Ashes


Speaking of Ashes

The Ashes Tournament stands to attest cricket’s deep reaching roots in the firm soil of history. Named after test matches between England and Australia, the history of Ashes smacks of pungent English pride and it pervasion into cricket. The ashes have history that there always have been some nail-biting close contests between the two teams. The crowd is so desperate to watch the match live in the ground that they buy tickets several months before the start of the series. They love the game, they love their team and most importantly they understand the game.

 
The players too are pumped up when they are playing ashes, they want to perform, a century or a five wicket haul in an ashes test can turn their career and can turn them into hero. The performance by them in the ashes is remembered for long time by the fans and can easily make them a hero or zero.

 
This five match series was named “ashes” by an English newspaper in 1882 when for the first time Australia beat England on English soils. It was stated in the newspaper that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. There always have been some great and close contest in the ashes so it has been played 66 times Australia won it 31 times and England won it 30 times. At the moment England are holding the trophy as they beat Australia in 2010-11 series.

 
Sir Donald Bradman the great is the leading run scorer ever in ashes and Shane Warne is the leading wicket taker. The format of the series is simple it is played after every two years in Australia and England turn wise. The Ashes is undoubtedly the biggest test rivalry so far in the history of cricket. It is the rivalry between two finest test playing nations England and Australia. Fans around the world are too much desperate for the Ashes to begin as it always entertains them.

 
The ashes has history that there always have been some nail biting close contests between the two teams. The crowd is so desperate to watch the match live in the ground that they buy tickets several months before the start of the series. They love the game, they love their team and most importantly they understand the game.

 

 

The players too are pumped up when they are playing ashes, they want to perform, a century or a five-wicket haul in an ashes test can turn their career and can turn them into hero. The performance by them in the ashes is remembered for long time by the fans and can easily make them a hero or zero.

 
This five match series was named ashes by an English newspaper in 1882 when for the first time Australia beat England on English soils. It was stated in the newspaper that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. There always have been some great and close contest in the ashes so it has been played 66 times Australia won it 31 times and England won it 30 times. At the moment England are holding the trophy as they beat Australia in 2010-11 series.

 
Sir Donald Bradman the great is the leading run scorer ever in ashes and Shane Warne is the leading wicket taker. The format of the series is simple it is played after every two years in Australia and England turn wise.

 
The trophy of the series the Urn is inches tall and is one of the most famous trophy in the history of all the sports. It was long believed that the real Ashes -a small urn thought to contain the ashes of a bail used in the third match -were presented to Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. In 1998, Lord Darnley’s 82-year-old daughter-in-law said they were the remains of her mother-in-law’s veil, not a bail.

 

 

Other evidence suggests a ball. The certain origin of the Ashes, therefore, is the subject of some dispute. After Lord Darnley’s death in 1927, the urn was given to MCC by Lord Darnley’s Australian-born widow, Florence. It can be seen in the cricket museum at Lord’s, together with a red and gold velvet bag, made specially for it, and the scorecard of the 1882 match.

 

 
Currently the ashes is being played for the 67th time, this time its England’s turn to host the series and so far two test matches have been played and England have won both of them, first match they won by narrow margin but the second one they won comprehensively in 3 days and they are leading the series 2-0.

 

 

 

Still 3 tests to go, any result is possible but the way England have played this first two matches they are looking favorites and even if England draw this series they will be considered as winners because according to the rules of the series if the series ends in a draw then the side winning the title previous time will retain it. There is some text written on the Urn which motivates both the players and the fans, the text on the urn is as follows:

 

 


When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with urn .



Muhammad Anus Rashid

A blogger for The News/Geo blogs


  • M.Saeed

    Advice to the writer:
    Change your name-spellings to “Anas” before people start getting ideas.