THE RYDGES POST
What a year for cricket tragics – back-to-back Ashes series! As the second Test gets under way at Lords in London, tickets go on sale for Australia’s premier test date – the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne’s MCG.
The Ashes is a funny little trophy when compared to other sporting trophies you see held aloft. It is a quaint little urn about 150mm tall (six inches) and it supposedly contained the remains of a burnt cricket bail. It originated back in 1882 when Australia defeated England for the first time on British soil. The Sporting Times newspaper ran a satirical obituary saying that English cricket had died and that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia – the next tour to Australia was dubbed the quest to regain the ashes, and so the tradition began. These days a Waterford crystal replica of the urn goes to the winning team.
England defeated Australia in 2009 and 2010/11 – fingers crossed we can get a win in one or both of these series. Surely it is enough to be thumped by the British and Irish Lions in rugby and see a Brit win Wimbledon in the one year?!
Rydges Melbourne is just a 10 minute walk from the MCG so keep us in mind when you grab those tickets for the Boxing Day Test.