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Tasmania added to Ashes urn tour

Tasmania added to Ashes urn tour

After public outrage over its original snub, Australia's southern island state of Tasmania has been added to the itinerary for a tour Down Under by cricket's famous Ashes urn.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of the fragile 4-inch (10 centimeter) urn and the former world governing body for cricket, overturned its original decision to omit Tasmania from the tour.
Tasmania had been the only one of Cricket Australia's six member states not originally included on the tour, which starts Oct. 21 in Sydney _ about a month before the first test match between Australia and England starts in Brisbane.
Tasmania will not host any of the five test matches, which are spread around Australia's five mainland state capitals.
MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw, a former Tasmania state cricket representative who moved to London this year, was happy to announce the news.
"As a Tasmanian, I am even more delighted that Hobart is the city that has been added to the itinerary," he said in a statement published Friday in the Australian media.
The Ashes urn and 30 other cricket artifacts will be displayed at the Tasmanian Museum from Jan. 18-21.
"This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the outstanding contribution Tasmanians have made to cricket in Australia," Tasmania state premier Paul Lennon said.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting is from Tasmania, as was former test opening batsman and national selector David Boon.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Tasmania to view the most historic and traditional symbol of Anglo-Australian cricket," Boon was quoted saying.
The Ashes urn almost never leaves Lord's, the home of cricket. The urn toured Australia in 1988 but did not return Down Under during Australia's record-long eight-series domination that started in 1989 and ended last year.
The Ashes refers to a mock obituary placed in the Sporting Times newspaper in 1882 after England lost to Australia on home soil for the first time: "In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at The Oval, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."
Later that year, England left for Australia, and after it won a three-test series, some Melbourne women allegedly burned one of the bails from the third test, put the ashes in the urn, and presented it to England captain Ivo Bligh.


Updated : 2021-03-08 10:07 GMT+08:00