Burning the Bails: The

Several generations of Australian cricket fans have wondered why the Ashes, supposed trophy for Test Series between Australia and England, remain in London, having only visited twice over one hundred years, despite victories. Burning Bails recounts first time true story behind Ashes: that wooden bails were burnt by Lady Janet Clarke on Christmas Eve 1882 at her home, Rupertswood, Sunbury, Victoria, after a social match some local lads visiting England team. Her son, Russell aged six, was witness to their burning. The Rupertswood Ashes presented Honorable Ivo Bligh, captain, Janet, as personal memento his victory – but also joke. That August 1882, following Australias unexpected defeat home turf Oval, an English journalist had written fake death notice cricket! ‘The body will be cremated ashes taken Australia,’ it declared factiously. created kept captain property until death. They never intended actual England/Australia Series, although exact replica is today given winner Series. fictionalised account story, told from perspective six-year-old Clarke. picture book supported pages historical facts gleaned family documents, well rare, original photographs, including Russell, older brother Clive, stumps, bat.

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