"For the dedicated follower — people who, like me, have travelled 9,000 miles to watch a match or, if they have to remain at home, stay up all night watching or listening to coverage — England vs. Australia is the ultimate sporting rivalry. The Ashes, as Anglo-Australian bilateral cricket series have been called since 1882, appeal strongly to casual sport fans. For many it’s the only cricket they ever watch. The prestige of The Ashes has always partly been its relative infrequency – each team visits the opposition once every four years......"
From the blog post "A Perfect 10?" by Stuart George.
> Visit the Oxford Academic blog to read the full piece on "The Ashes" by Stuart George, Times Literary Supplement reviewer and author of the forthcoming Oxford Reference title Sports Biographies.