THE OF­FI­CIAL MCC STORY OF THE ASHES

BY BERNARD W HIM PRESS, HARDIE GRANT,“”¢.

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This a de­light­ful and vivid his­tory of the na­tion’s old­est sport­ing ri­valry, go­ing back far enough to re­mind that the Ashes pre­dates the found­ing of the Com­mon­wealth. Australia’s crick­eters did much to fos­ter a sense of iden­tity right at the time that the con­test with Eng­land was be­gin­ning, and even through pe­ri­ods of com­pet­i­tive im­bal­ance, the Ashes has re­tained its al­lure.

The high­light of this book is the re­sources of the MCC Mu­seum, with pages full of his­toric pho­to­graphs, score­cards, mem­o­ra­bilia – even min­utes of the MCC, which noted the re­turn of the Ashes from the Darn­ley fam­ily in 1927. The famed urn has its own mys­te­ri­ous ori­gins – we all know the 1882 obit about the death of English cricket, but the ac­tual prize started as an in-joke with English cap­tain Ivo Bligh. As the book notes, the urn was never meant to be a tro­phy – and now more than a cen­tury later, it’s a prize with plenty of mean­ing.

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