The term ‘ashes’ was first utilized after England lost to Australia
– interestingly on home soil – at The Oval on 29th August 1882. After a day, the Sporting Times conveyed a false eulogy to English cricket which reasoned that: “The body will be incinerated and the cinders taken to Australia”. The idea got the creative mind of the brandishing public. Half a month later, an English group, captained by the Hon Ivo Bligh [later Lord Darnley], set off to visit Australia, with Bligh vowing to get back with “the cinders”; his Australian partner, WL Murdoch, also pledged to protect them. Just as playing three booked matches against the Australian public side, Bligh and the novice major parts in his group took an interest in numerous social matches. It was after one such match, at the Rupertswood Estate outside Melbourne on Christmas Eve 1882, that Bligh was given the little earthenware urn as an image of the remains that he had gone to Australia to recapture. On a similar event, he met his future spouse – Florence Morphy – who was the ally to Lady Janet Clark, a fancy woman of Rupertswood, and tutor to the Clark kids. In February 1884, Bligh wedded Florence. Right away a short time later, they got back to England, taking the urn – which Bligh consistently viewed as an individual blessing – with them. It remained on the mantelpiece at the Bligh family home – Cobham Hall, close to Rochester in Kent – until Bligh passed on, after 43 years.
Today, more than 75 years on, the minuscule, sensitive and indispensable antique dwells in the MCC Museum at Lord’s. Every year, it is seen by a huge number of guests, from all pieces of the world. During the 1990s, perceiving the two groups’ craving to vie for a genuine prize, MCC authorized – after conversations with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia – an urn-formed Waterford Crystal prize.
This was first introduced to Mark Taylor after his Australian side arose victorious in the 1998-99 Test arrangement against England. From that point forward, the prize has been introduced to the triumphant chief toward the finish of each Test arrangement among Australia and England. Most as of late, it was introduced to Ricky Ponting after his Australian side’s 5-0 triumph over England in the 2006-07 Ashes arrangement.
From October 2006 to January 2007, the urn-shaped the highlight of the MCC Travelex Ashes Exhibition, which visited seven galleries in six Australian states and pulled in more than 105,000 guests The Ashes Cricket Most elevated innings absolute
Australia : 729-6 dec Lord’s, 1930 Britain : 903-7 dec The Oval, 1938 Most elevated individual score Australia : 334 Don Bradman, Headingley, 1930 Britain : 364 Len Hutton, The Oval, 1938 Best bowling match figures Australia : 16-137 Bob Massie, Lord’s, 1972 Britain : 19-90 Jim Laker, Old Trafford, 1956 Best innings figures Australia : 9-121 Arthur Mailey, Melbourne, 1920-21 Britain : 10-53 Jim Laker, Old Trafford, 1956 Most runs Australia : 5028 Don Bradman Britain : 3636 Jack Hobbs Most wickets Australia : 167 Dennis Lillee Britain : 148 Ian Botham Most 100s Australia : 19 Don Bradman England : 12 Jack Hobbs Quickest individual hundred (balls confronted) Australia : 88 Ray Lindwall, Melbourne, 1946-47 Britain : 76 Gilbert Jessop, The Oval, 1902 Most runs in an arrangement Australia : 974 Don Bradman, 1930 Britain : 905 Wally Hammond, 1928-29 Most 10-wicket matches Australia : 4 Frederick Spofforth, Dennis Lillee Britain : 4 Tom Richardson Most 5-wicket innings Australia : 11 Dennis Lillee, Clarrie Grimmett, Terry Alderman, Charles Turner Britain : 12 Sydney Barnes Most wickets in an arrangement Australia : 42 Terry Alderman, 1981 Britain : 46 Jim Laker, 1956 Most excusals Australia : 148 Rodney Marsh Britain : 105 Alan Knott Most gets Australia : 141 Rodney Marsh Britain : 97 Alan Knott Most stumpings Australia : 31 Bert Oldfield Britain : 12 Godfrey Evans Most appearances Australia : 47 Allan Border Britain : 42 Graham Gooch, David Gower Most elevated associations : Australia first 329 Geoff Marsh and Mark Taylor, Trent Bridge, 1989 second 451 Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman, The Oval, 1934 third 276 Don Bradman and Lindsay Hassett, Brisbane, 1946-47 fourth 388 Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman, Headingley, 1934 fifth 405 Don Bradman and Sidney Barnes, Sydney, 1946-47 sixth 346 Jack Fingleton and Don Bradman, Melbourne, 1936-37 seventh 165 Hugh Trumble and Clem Hill, Melbourne, 1897-98 eighth 243 Roger Hartigan and Clem Hill, Adelaide, 1907-08 ninth 154 Syd Gregory and Jack Blackham, Sydney, 1894-95 tenth 127 Johnny Talor and Arthur Mailey, Sydney, 1924-25 Most noteworthy associations : England first 323 Jack Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes, Melbourne, 1911-12 second 382 Len Hutton and Maurice Leyland, The Oval, 1938 third 262 Wally Hammond and Douglas Jardine, Adelaide, 1928-29 fourth 288 Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe, Edgbaston, 1997 fifth 206 Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton, Trent Bridge, 1938 sixth 215 Len Hutton and Joe Hardstaff jnr, The Oval, 1938 sixth 215 Geoff Boycott and Alan Knott, Trent Bridge, 1977 seventh 143 Frank Woolley and Joseph Vine, Sydney, 1911-12 eighth 124 Patsy Hendren and Harold Larwood, Brisbane, 1928-29 ninth 151 William Scotton and Walter Read, The Oval, 1884 tenth 130 RE ‘Tip’ Foster and Wilfred Rhodes, Sydney, 1903-04