The Ashes test series originates from 1882 when Australian cricket team has won over England at Oval. In 1887, the first test match between Australia and England was held at Melbourne Australia. Later on, they have started playing regular Ashes series from onwards 1882. The Australian cricket team toured England in 1882 where they played only one test cricket at Oval in London.
The History of Ashes Cricket
The pitch was favouring bowling side and thus, it was a low scoring cricket pitch. In the first innings, Australia only scored a total of 63 runs whereas; England was able to take a lead of 38 runs by scoring a total of 101. This time, the England was under the captaincy of A. N. Hornby. In the second innings, however the players of Australia boosted 55 runs of just 60 balls taking the total score to 122.
Thus, England was left with only 85 runs to win. The Australian cricket team was greatly demoralised by the way in which their batting side collapsed following the second innings but Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth proved himself a real game changer. He shows his real strength to his opponents and refused to give up over his team.
He declared that anything can be done. He with his courage went on to devastate the English batsmen. Spofforth took his final four wickets by just giving away two runs. Therefore, the England team lost the match by just 8 runs behind.
When England’s last batsman came to crease known as Ted Peate, he was required to score only ten runs to drive his team to Victory but he only managed to score two runs leaving them eigth runs behind victory. However, Ted Peate was bowled by Australian bowler Harry Boyle. The whole crowd became astonished thinking that how could England loose to a colony on their own soil. When England finally sank in, the crowd rushed to the field cheering Spofforth and Boyle loudly.
When Ted Peate returned to the pavillion after being unable to score the winning runs, he was extremely criticized by the England’s captain for not allowing Charles Studd to get the runs. Responding to the situation Peate replied that, Sir I did not believe Studd for that so I thought, I am better to do this on my own. However, Charles Studd was an excellent England batsman who has already scored two centuries against the Australian bowlers.
The disgraceful defeat of England cricket team was also widely marked in British press which praised the Australia’s Cricket team for their efforts and criticized Englishmen for their lack of confidence to win.
On England tour to Australia, Ivo Bligh the England captain promised his Nation to regain the Ashes trophy. At last, he regained the Ashes by winning 2-1 to Australia on their soil. Thus, the English captain Ivo Bligh was given an urn by a bunch of Melbourne Women which also included Florence Morphy which with Bligh ties knot within a year. The wooden bail of the ashes trophy contains the contents of the urn. However, the urn was never an Ashes trophy but instead, it was presented to Bligh as a personal gift from Melbourne Cricket Council (MCC). The victorious team of the Ashes are however given the urn replicas which they aloft as a symbol of winning the Ashes. Since 1998-1999, the Ashes urn has been covered by a Waterford Crystal which then becomes an official trophy of the Ashes and is presented to the winning teams of the series. No matter whichever side wins the Ashes trophy, the urn always remain in the museum of MCC at Lords. In addition, it was taken twice to Australia. For the first time in 1988 when the celebrations of Australian Bicentenary were held and then in 2006-2007 to accompany the test series of Ashes in that time.