How the 'Ashes' got their name

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Mention the word 'Ashes' to any cricket fan and they know you are talking about a Test contest between England and Australia. But cricket's oldest rivals had been playing each other for five years before the idea of the Ashes was born. It happened in 1882 when, in a one-off Test at The Oval, Australia, inspired by figures of 14 for 90 from Fred Spofforth, 'The Demon', fought back to win a thrilling match by seven runs.

The Sporting Times reacted to Australia's first win on English soil with a mock obituary written by Reginald Shirley Brooks.

It read: "In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29th August 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P.N.B.The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia."

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