The Ashes is a biennially played Test cricket match between England and Australia. The series consists of five test matches which are played alternately in Australia and England. The even was named the ashes in 1882 when Australia won for the first time on English ground, a result that shocked both sides. As a result of the match the British newspaper The Times ran an article in the style of an obituary. It suggested that English Cricket had died, stating poetically that "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." When England returned to Australia during the following tour it became a quest to regain these metaphorical ashes.Despite the term being widely recognised and understood both in England and Australia, it didn't really take off as the official name of the series until the early 1900's when George Giffen used the term in his memoirs and Pelham Warner captained a team that were once again promising to regain the ashes. Although there isn't an official trophy for the series, players often lift an urn in celebration of their win. This urn is a replica of one that was given during that 1883 tour of Australia when England first began their mission to regain the ashes after their initial defeat. The urn was jovially given by a group of Melbourne women to the England captain at the time Ivo Bligh. On his death, Bligh's wife presented the Urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, where it remains today. The contents of the urn are thought to be a cricket bail.
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