They aren't the ashes of a person. The tradition is that it is the ashes of the bails from the wickets of the first Ashes test. The name came from a editorial of a newspaper saying (after an English defeat) that English cricket had died and the ashes sent to Australia.
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the ashes are the ashes of the bails used in the very first ashes series in England which Australia won
it is due the trophy, which is a urn which reputed has a cricket ball burnt to ashes inside. there is also belief that it also could be bails, stumps or even a woman's veil!
The 'Ashes' are the ashes of the first bails used in the first cricket test between England and Australia.
Silly question. Ashes of course! One of the bails that are used is burnt and the ashes are placed inside the urn (which incedently isn't a cup).
it was in 1882 and Australia beat England in cricket the Australian team then burnt the bails (not the stumps or ball) to mark the first ever official game and to this day England and Australia compete for the ashes (that's why the wining team holds up an urn as there trophy)
The Ashes Urn
Kept at Lords cricket ground in London the 'Ashes' is the trophy played for between England & Australia.