The original Ashes “Urn” will go on display at the Victoria’s State Library to give the fans a rare glimpse of it as it will be taken to Australia for the first time in 12 years. The urn has traditionally resided at the museum at Lord’s regardless of the result of the Ashes series.
After beating England at Old Trafford, Australia have made themselves eligible to retain the Ashes for the first time in 18 years, irrespective of the result of the last game. However, that won’t be the original trophy as the Tim Paine’s men will be awarded a replica of the original terracotta trophy. However, what has come as great news for the Aussie fans back home, they will get to see the original trophy for the first time in 12 years.
The “trophy” will go on display at Victoria’s State Library, giving fans a rare glimpse at the embodiment of the two nations’ historic cricketing rivalry that dates back to the 19th century and has many tales attached to it. It will be on display in the Library’s ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’ exhibition from December 2019 until February 2020, reported Cricket.com.au.
Ever since the urn came into MCC’s possession in 1929, this will be only the third time the urn has travelled to Australia. Earlier, it was exhibited for less than a week during the country’s 1988 Bicentennial celebrations and visited six cities in three months during the 2006-07 Ashes series but this will be the longest of them all.
History behind Urn
The urn is of 11 cm height, believed to contain the ashes of a burnt cricket bail and was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the England cricket team, as a personal gift after a friendly match hosted at Rupertswood Mansion in Sunbury during the 1882–83 tour in Australia. When he died, the urn was presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club, which has it on display at Lord’s cricket ground in London. The urn has come to be strongly associated with ‘The Ashes’.