The Ashes


War Hero
As a follower of the noble game of cricket it was interesting to read that the "Urn" was being brought to Australia for the forthcoming series. That's fine although the real Urn will remain with England rgardless of which team wins. This I believe is wrong and the winners should retain the Urn. What actually caught my eye was the cost involved for bringing the very small Urn from UK to Australia. Apart from the security and two duplicate Urns, the original rarely on public view, a duplicate urn was given an expensive
aircraft seat as if a dignitary. Love the game but this is a bit over the top methinks,



War Hero
Ah theres a problem.The Urn was a gift to The MCC and doesnt really have anything to do with the Ashes tournament per se.The Urn was gifted by some posh Nobs missus back in the 19th century.The actual match was back in 1882.The series is named after a satirical obituary published in The Sporting Times in 1882 following the match at The Oval, in which Australia beat England in England for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour, to Australia (1882-83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.

During Darnley’s lifetime, there was little public knowledge of the urn, and no record of a published photograph exists before 1924. However, when Darnley died in 1927, his widow presented the urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club and that was the key event in establishing the urn as the physical embodiment of the legendary ashes. MCC first displayed the urn in the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground and since 1953 in the MCC Cricket Museum at the ground. It is ironic that MCC’s wish for it to be seen by as wide a range of cricket enthusiasts as possible has led to its being mistaken for an official trophy