What is the story behind ashes series in the yr. 1882?
To the casual observer, the game of cricket is full of esoteric rituals and strange customs. Its idiosyncratic vocabulary includes such peculiar expressions as bowling a maiden over and fielding at silly mid-on. Vast quantities of statistics are compiled to measure and document every conceivable action and achievemenT Whereas most sporting contests are over in a few hours, a Test match can be played over five days, sometimes with no result!
These strange traditions extend to the games most famous rivalry, the Ashes series, where Australian and English teams battle for the remains of English cricket which are said to be encased in a humble ceramic urn. Although not a trophy, the Ashes urn has become such a symbol of the contest that it is one of sports most compelling and curious stories. It is a tale featuring white flannelled warriors battling valiantly with bat and ball, touches of music hall style humour and a love affair seemingly torn from the pages of a 19th century roma ...more