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Ashes cricket

November 26, 2010

The Ashes cricket contest between England and Australia dates from 1882 and has produced some fierce competitions, most notably the bodyline series of 1932-3.

If you'd like to learn more about some of the finest players from both countries, the Oxford DNB offers an imaginary contest between two 'all-star' sides, selected from the ODNB and the Australian National Biography. Meanwhile Ivo Bligh, creator of the Ashes tournament, and Douglas Jardine, the England captain in 1932-3, are featured in the ODNB's free biography podcast.