The Ashes History
The Ashes, Cricket’s greatest and most enduring rivalry is played out between its two oldest rivals, England and Australia___ The term Ashes gained popularity after Australia’s first test match win in England the team from down under had defeated England for the first time in England at the Oval in London on August 21, 1882.
Then England was at the peak of cricket and this loss was not taken well by the people in the country___ After this loss in 1882, England’s ‘Sunday Times’ carried a mock obituary of cricket in the country, stating that the body of England cricket will be cremated and the Ashes would be taken to Australia.
Two months later, the England Team led by Hon Ivo Bligh, went to Australia to play the series and the skipper promised to make a comeback with the Ashes, The Australian counterpart at that time, WL Murdoch, has said he would do anything to keep Ashes since then the series between two sides gained prominence and it became one of the oldest cricketing rivalries.
After the loss against Australia in 1882, England managed to win the next eight series between the two sides___ Australia recorded their first Ashes series win in 1891-92 when it managed to outclass England 2-1, Another significant moment in the cricketing rivalry between these two sides came in the 1932-33 tour as the series got termed as “Bodyline Series.”
To curb the natural gameplay of Australian Great Don Bradman, England had developed a strategy of bowling quickly at the body of batsman with most of the fielders placed at close positions on leg side___ England enjoyed the fruit of tactic as they managed to win the series but the strategy then prompted changes to the laws of cricket.
England and Australia had played 346 Test matches against each other in which England have managed to win 108 matches meanwhile Australia has won 144 matches___ and 94 matches have been ended as no result between these two sides.