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Cricket - The Ashes

The original and still the famous Test series in cricket. The first ever international cricket match was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1877. Five years later, after England had lost to the Aussies on home soil for the first time, an English newspaper - the Sporting Times - printed a mock obituary stating that the body of English cricket had died and will be cremated and taken to Australia.
The physical representation of this is a small urn which, depending on which story you believe, contains the burnt remains of either a stump, bails, ball or even a Victorian lady's veil...The object of Anglo-Australian rivalry is kept under lock and key at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, with a replica presented to the winning captain at the end of each series.

YEAR
VENUE
TESTS   
RESULT
HOLDERS
1876-7*
Australia
2
Dwn 1-1
-
1878-9*
Australia
1
Aus 1-0
-
1880*
England
1
Eng 1-0
-
1881-2*
Australia
4
Aus 2-0
-
1882*
England
1
Aus 1-0
-
1882-3
Australia
4
Dwn 2-2
ENGLAND
1884
England
3
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND
1884-5
Australia
5
Eng 3-2
ENGLAND
1886
England 
3
Eng 3-0
ENGLAND
1886-7
Australia
2
Eng 2-0
ENGLAND
1887-8
Australia
1
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND
1888
England
3
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
1890
England 
2
Eng 2-0
ENGLAND
1891-2
Australia
3
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA
1893
England 
3
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND
1894-5
Australia
5
Eng 3-2
ENGLAND
1896
England
3
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
1897-8
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA 
1899
England
5
Aus 1-0
AUSTRALIA 
1901-2
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
1902
England
5
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA 
1903-4
Australia
5
Eng 3-2
ENGLAND
1905
England 
5
Eng 2-0
ENGLAND 
1907-8
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
1909
England
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA
1911-2
Australia
5
Eng 4-1
ENGLAND
1912
England
3
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND
1920-1
Australia
5
Aus 5-0
AUSTRALIA
1921
England
5
Aus 3-0
AUSTRALIA 
1924-5
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA 
1926
England
5
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND 
1928-9
Australia
5
Eng 4-1
ENGLAND 
1930
England
5
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA 
1932-3
Australia
5
Eng 4-1
ENGLAND
1934
England
5
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA 
1936-7
Australia
5
Aus 3-2
AUSTRALIA
1938
England 
4
Dwn 1-1
AUSTRALIA
1946-7
Australia
5
Aus 3-0
AUSTRALIA
1948
England
5
Aus 4-0
AUSTRALIA
1950-1
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
1953
England 
5
Eng 1-0
ENGLAND
1954-5
Australia
5
Eng 3-1
ENGLAND
1956
England
5
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
1958-9
Australia
5
Aus 4-0
AUSTRALIA
1961
England 
5
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA
1962-3
Australia
5
Dwn 1-1
AUSTRALIA
1964
England
5
Aus 1-0
AUSTRALIA
1965-6
Australia
5
Dwn 1-1
AUSTRALIA
1968
England
5
Dwn 1-1
AUSTRALIA
1970-1
Australia
6
Eng 2-0
ENGLAND
1972
England
5
Dwn 2-2
ENGLAND
1974-5
Australia
6
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
1975
England
4
Aus 1-0
AUSTRALIA
1976-7*
Australia
1
Aus 1-0
-
1977
England
5
Eng 3-0
ENGLAND
1978-9
Australia
6
Eng 5-1
ENGLAND
1979-0*
Australia
3
Aus 3-0
-
1980*
England
1
Dwn 0-0
-
1981
England
6
Eng 3-1
ENGLAND
1982-3
Australia
5
Aus 2-1
AUSTRALIA
1985
England
6
Eng 3-1
ENGLAND
1986-7
Australia
5
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
1987-8*
Australia
1
Dwn 0-0
-
1989
England 
6
Aus 4-0
AUSTRALIA
1990-1
Australia
5
Aus 3-0
AUSTRALIA
1993
England
6
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
1994-5
Australia
5
Aus 3-1
AUSTRALIA
1997
England
6
Aus 3-2
AUSTRALIA
1998-9
Australia
5
Aus 3-1
AUSTRALIA
2001
England
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
2002-3
Australia
5
Aus 4-1
AUSTRALIA
2005
England
5
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
2006-7
Australia
5
Aus 5-0
AUSTRALIA
2009
England
5
Eng 2-1
ENGLAND
2010-1
Australia
5
Eng 3-1
ENGLAND
2013 England 5 Eng 3-0 ENGLAND
2013-4 Australia 5 Aus 5-0 AUSTRALIA
2015 England 5 Eng 3-2 ENGLAND
2017-8 Australia 5 Aus 4-0 AUSTRALIA

* Ashes not at stake

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