The sporting world has many rivalries that have stood the test of time. Each has a story that is rich in tradition, filled it moments that give goosebumps to fans, creating legends who transcend the sport.

Cricket’s oldest rivalry – the one between England and Australia – would be at the top of those lists.

The rivalry wasn’t always referred to as ‘The Ashes’ though. The now-ubiquitous term was a result of a mocking obituary published in The Sporting Times, on August 29, 1882 after the hosts England suffered an ignominious defeat at the hands of the man called ‘The Demon’ – Australian pacer Fred Spofforth.

Yes, the most recognisable term in cricket came out as a result of an obituary printed in a newspaper.

Here’s the fascinating story behind the term ‘Ashes’ and the iconic urn.