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Ashes urn set for rare Australia visit

AFP  |  London 

urn will make its first journey to in 12 years later this year when it is displayed in the Victoria in Melbourne, Marylebone Club (MCC) announced Wednesday.

The urn, which traditionally resides in the at its Lord's ground headquarters, regardless of the result of an England-Test series, will be on display in the Library's 'Velvet, Iron, Ashes' exhibition from December 2019 until February 2020.

By then the latest between Test cricket's oldest rivals will have been completed, with England staging a five-match series from August 1 to September 16 as they look to atone for a 4-0 away drubbing in 2017/18.

This will be only the third time the urn has travelled to Australia; 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

England and played what is now considered to be the first men's Test match at in 1877.

themselves came into being following England's first home defeat by Australia at The Oval in in 1882.

Afterwards, newspaper published a mock obituary of English that concluded by saying: "The body will be cremated and taken to Australia."

On England's next tour of Australia in 1882/83, a small terracotta urn said to contain the Ashes of a burnt bail was presented to visiting

Following his death, the urn was bequeathed to the MCC and has remained the acknowledged symbol of Anglo-Australian cricket supremacy.

Since the 1998/99 series, however, the winning Ashes has been able to hold aloft a replica commissioned by the MCC.

"We are delighted to loan the Ashes Urn, a symbolic and special treasure, to Victoria," said MCC and secretary in a statement.

"The story of the Ashes Urn is one that captivates so many people around the world and the Victoria's exhibition is a very fitting place for its story to be told."


added: "We are thrilled to have the chance to bring to life the wonderful stories surrounding the Ashes tradition, which of course, began here in

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 23:00 IST
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