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August 28, 1882 – The Oval

Australia 63 & 122, England 101 & 77. Australia won by 7 runs.

This game is most famous for the burning of the bail, which marked the beginning of the Ashes. The match took place at the Oval and lasted just two days with Australia pulling off a major upset against the English and thus marked the beginning of the most famed rivalry in cricket history.

The iconic obituary which prompted the start of the Ashes!

Frederick Spofforth picked up a total of 14 wickets, with seven in each inning and triggered a mighty English collapse in the second innings, which helped Australia script a famous victory. Needing just 85 runs to win, England looked all set to clinch victory as they stood at 51/2 with WG Grace on the crease.

However, a quick succession of wickets followed, but still only 19 runs were required with five men still to bat. But then came a horrendous collapse as England’s last five batsmen made a combined total of just four runs and Australia bowled England out, to clinch a seven-run victory.

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