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A notional prize in Test cricket series played between England and Australia

  • The Ashes urn is reputed to contain a burnt cricket bail.
  • The term originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia's 1882 victory at The Oval, their first Test win on English soil.
  • The urn has never been the official trophy of the Ashes series.
  • Ashes series are traditionally of five Tests played biennially with England and Australia taking turns as host.
  • Of the 76 series played so far, 37 are won by Australia, 31 by England and 8 are drawn.
  • Syd Gregory got ducks with 11 from 92 innings.
  • Despite facing 8568 balls, Geoff Boycott had never hit a six.
  • England scored the second highest total in Test cricket history with 903/7 and the biggest win margin by an innings and 578 runs.
  • The highest ever individual score by an Aussie was 334 by Sir Don Bradman in 1930 at Leeds.
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