June 11, 2009

Ashes

The origin of the Ashes and the right to burn

Kanishkaa Balachandran

In the Guardian, Mike Selvey delivers a history lesson on the origin of the Ashes.

The obituary was attributed to a Victorian buck, Reginald Shirley Brooks (can you see that name without thinking of Leslie Nielsen, Airplane and "don't call me Shirley"?), and put down to a journalist's twee joke consistent with the age of music hall. He would have been blogging or tweeting these days.

The Independent continues its countdown to the Ashes, now with the most memorable quotes - words that put an extra bit of pace on the ball and a little extra bite in the batting.

"I think I was saying 3-0 or 4-0 about 12 months ago, thinking there might be a bit of rain around. But with the weather as it is at the moment, I have to say 5-0."

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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