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."
The greatest cricket team of all time. West Indies 1981. Back (L-R): Derek Parry, Desmond Haynes, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Collis King, Larry Gomes, David Murray Front (L-R): Andy Roberts, Lawrence Rowe, Deryck Murray, Clive Lloyd (Captain), Alvin Kallicharran, Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge