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The Australian cricket team which beat England in a one-off test match at the Kennington Oval in London on 29 August 1882. The unexpected victory by the team from the colonies began one of cricket's most celebrated rivalries. Back row (left-right); H H Massie, G J Bonner, S P Jones, F R Spofforth. Middle row; C W Beal (manager), J M Blackham, G Giffen, W L Murdoch, A C Bannerman, P S MacDonnell, H F Boyle. Front row; G E Palmer and T W Garrett

The Australian cricket team celebrate after taking the final wicket to win the Ashes against England in Perth on December 17, 2013. GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

Registered by Heritage Council of Victoria Australia. Rupertswood is of great national and international significance for its association with the history of cricket as the birthplace for the Ashes, cricket's most illustrious trophy. After a social match on the property with members of the English touring cricket team in 1882, Janet, Lady Clarke, burnt a bail and presented 'the ashes' in an urn to the victorious English captain, Ivo Bligh.

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England's Ian Bell dives to make his ground during play on the fifth day of the fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia at The Oval cricket ground in London

The Australian and English Test cricketers who fought and survived together in World War II came home knowing the difference between sport and war. They planned to resume the Ashes in a new spirit of friendship. Australia’s legendary captain had something else in mind. Hailed as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time, the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ are the only Australians to complete a tour of England undefeated.

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That Mitchell Johnson, His Bowling's NOT S***e

Australia's Mitchell Johnson Humiliates England: First Ashes Test, Day Two, In Pictures - England's wicketkeeper Matt Prior gets Brad Haddin of Australia (not pictured) run out during day second of the first Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at the Gabba Cricket Ground in Brisbane on November 22, 2013. (Photo credit SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sachin Tendulkar's Test retirement: how India is honouring him – in pictures

A patriotic fan outside Eden Gardens as Tendulkar plays his 200th and final test match.

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Retiring Ricky Ponting would bleed for Australia, says Andrew Flintoff

Great piece of cricket action. Ricky Ponting of Australia falls victim to Andrew Flintoff's run-out in the fifth Test at The Oval in 2009. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

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England find themselves in whimper wonderland with series win in India

The Kings of Spin: Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann celebrate England's first Test series win in India since 1984/85. Photograph: James Anderson/Twitter

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England celebrate a victory by just 14 runs over Australia on the last day of the first Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham

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20 great Ashes moments No5: Jim Laker takes 19 wickets in match, 1956

Jim Lakers incredible performance in taking 19 wickets on a sticky dog of an Old Trafford pitch gave England an unassailable 2-1 lead in the 1956 Ashes series. Photograph: Hulton Getty