The next skipper of England, Ivo Bligh, pledged to regain those ashes when he toured Australia. As the media repeated this several times, the phrase caught on.
When Bligh, who later became Lord Darnley, took the team to Australia in 1882-83, he was presented with a small terracotta urn by a group of Melbourne women.
The contents of the urn were long believed to be the ashes a burnt bail. However, in 1998, the 82-year old daughter in law of Lord Darnley claimed that it was not a bail, but the remains of her mother-in-law’s veil.
The urn now rests at the cricket museum of the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Australia 63 (Ted Peate 4 for 31, Dick Barlow 5 for 19) and 122 (Hugh Massie 55; Ted Peate 4 for 40) beat England 101 (Fred Spofforth 7 for 46) and 77 (Fred Spofforth 7 for 44, Harry Boyle 3 for 19) by 7 runs.
Arunabha Sengupta is a Cricket Historian and Cricket Writer who has authored a number of books, including Sherlock Holmes and the Birth of The Ashes, available HERE.