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139 years since English cricket’s death & ashes urn taken to Australia

The Ashes is cricket’s greatest and longest-running rivalry, which pits England and Australia against each other. For cricket fans of all generations, there has never been a more intense rivalry than that which exists between these two magnificent teams. The basis for this rivalry began in 1882 when the Sporting Times published a mock obituary after England lost to Australia for the very first time on home territory.

On August 29, 1882, England was beaten by a devastating seven runs in one of cricket’s most memorable collapses. Fred Spofforth and Harry Boyle drove Australia to their maiden away Test triumph over England at The Oval, giving birth to “The Ashes.”

The Sporting Times released the following remarks in response to England’s humbling loss. “In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29 August 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing…

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