Sport: England's Ashes

In 1882, Australian cricketers won a test match on British soil for the first time. Next day, the following epitaph appeared in the London Sporting Times: "In affectionate remembrance of English Cricket which died at the Oval on 29th of August, 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R. I. P. (N. B. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.)"

This gloomy conceit tickled Britishers so thoroughly that they have not yet tired of it. British and Australian cricket teams have this season...

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