The story of cricket’s greatest rivalry retold in words, pictures and removable facsimile documents of historic importance. Foreword by Angus Fraser, MBE
The Official MCC Ashes Treasures is the perfect way to celebrate cricket’s most fiercely contested series. From the late 19th century England and Australia have met twice every four years and, since 1882, the prize for the series winners has been a tiny urn, purportedly containing the ashes of a bail burned after England had lost at The Oval.
As well as a running history of the series, special features are interspersed, highlighting some of the legends from each team, the controversies and the media. This updated third edition includes a feature on England’s dominating 3-1 series victory in Australia in 2010-11.
The Official MCC Ashes Treasures contains 30 facsimile reproductions of rare Ashes memorabilia integrated into the pages of the book. The reader can relive the dramatic events that have held cricket fans spellbound by holding and examining scorecards, match tickets, scorebooks, souvenir booklets, trading cards and items of personal correspondence, which until now have remained filed or exhibited in the MCC Museum at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Many of these items are newly researched and previously unpublished.
Bernard Whimpress is an historian and former curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum. He has published and edited the Australian cricket journal Baggy Green since 1998. He co-wrote the Andre Deutsch book Great Ashes Battles (2006) and has written the updates for Chris Harte’s seminal History of Australian Cricket. A member of the Australian Society for Sports History, Bernard lives and works in South Australia.
Published in hardback by Carlton Books, 18th April 2013, £30.00