In 1882, Australia recorded their first test Match victory on English soil, at the Oval. "English cricket died today." said an 'obituary' in the Sporting Times. "The body will be cremated, and the ashes taken to Australia." Ever since then, when England and Australia play each other at anything, it is said to be "... for the Ashes."
Bilateral cricketing relations between India and Pakistan will resume in December with CNN-IBN learning that the BCCI has confirmed a three-ODI series at home. The short visit will be Pakistan’s first to India since 2007 and has been created during the short span of time that the England cricket team goes home for Christmas after the Test series and before it returns for the ODI leg of its tour.