One hundred and thirty four years ago, on this day in 1882, the Australian touring team beat England at cricket for the first time in England. It was a devastating defeat for the English team and their supporters. A few days later, the obituary (see right) was published in the Sporting Times.
Not content with public lamentations, a group of supporters burned one of the bails from the wicket used that fateful day, and collected “the ashes”. They have remained within a tiny urn until this day, and the Ashes — as matches between Australia and England are called — remain perhaps the most bitterly fought regular contest in sport anywhere.
England currently hold the Ashes after their victory in 2015.