What is the Ashes event in sports?
The Ashes is a bi-annual cricket match between England and Australia.
The Ashes are named for an urn that became a point of contention in the early days of cricket between the two countries that formed the basis for a regular series of competitions. This urn is now kept in the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord's in London.
The bi-annual term is not a hard-and-fast rule. There have been varying times between series.
Today, the interval between Ashes series is usually around 18 months. Since each series alternates between England and Australia hosting, this interval allows each country to host the series in their respective summer. The next scheduled Ashes series (in Australia) is scheduled for the end of 2010/beginning of 2011.
The quintessential English sport is cricket, but soccer has much wider popularity these days and is the one most people follow. Apart from that, people play almost any sport you can think of: rugby league and union, hockey, netball, tennis, golf, water sports, athletics, boxing - the list is endless.