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AUGUST 29th  

On this day in history in 1882, died English Cricket

In 1892, the English cricket team were defeated by Australia at The Oval. A derisive obituary appeared in The Times stating: 

In Affectionate Remembrance of
English Cricket
Which died at The Oval
29th August 1882
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances
N.B. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. 

The next year, England won a Test series in Australia and the bails used in the match were burned and the ashes placed in the now famous urn in the Long Room at Lords cricket ground. Ever since then England and Australia have regularly competed for the fabled ‘Ashes’, although the actual urn has its home in England.


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