Joe Root. (Source: Twitter)

Trophy: No matter which team wins the Ashes series – the original urn remains in the Lord’s Museum. How far would this urn have traveled if it had been allowed to be carried to the winner? greater than the distance of the Moon from Earth.

The Ashes urn is probably the smallest trophy in cricket – it is just 11 cm high.

Only one cricketer has played for both the teams in the Ashes i.e. for England against Australia and for Australia against England. This record is in the name of Billy Midwinter – played for Australia in 1877 and changed the team after playing 5 years.

Age Limit: Only 14, Under-19 cricketers have played in the Ashes – two for England (Brian Close in 1950 and Ben Holyoak in 1997) and 12 for Australia (the last being Ashton Agar in 2013).

Only two 50+ players have played in the Ashes – WG Grace for England and Burt Ironmonger for Australia.

Question of length: The record for the longest cricketer played in the Ashes is 6 feet 8 inches and coincidentally one player from both the teams made this record – Steven Finn of England and Bruce Reid of Australia.

On the other hand the shortest player – Alfred ‘Tich’ Freeman (played two Tests for England on the 1924/25 tour) was just 5 feet 2 inches tall.

The hottest day in the Ashes – the 1975 Lord’s Test when the temperature even in the shade was recorded at 34 degrees Celsius.

Coincidentally, only a few days earlier in the same season during the Derbyshire – Lancashire County Championship match in Buxton, snow fell and a full day’s play was missed!

Before Lunch: Three batsmen scored centuries before lunch on the first day of the Ashes Test – Victor Trumper at Manchester in 1902, Charlie McCartney at Leeds in 1926 and Don Bradman at Leeds in 1930.

In Nottingham in 2015, Stuart Broad became the first bowler to take 8 wickets before lunch on the first day of a Test.

Birthday gift: In the 1930 and 1934 series, Australia won the Ashes on 22 August and coincidentally it was the birthday of their captain Bill Woodfull. Trust me – this time England can make this record. England captain Joe Root’s birthday is on 30 December and that is the last day of the third Test.

6’s master or…. : Kevin Pietersen played 3852 balls in the Ashes – out of which he hit sixes on 24. Mike Atherton played 4,974 balls in the Ashes and hit just one six – a hook shot off Jason Gillespie at Old Trafford in 1997.
Sir Geoff Boycott played 8568 balls in 38 Ashes Tests – none of them bothered to hit the boundary.

In one session: Most runs in an Ashes Test by a batsman in a session – 127 in 100 balls between lunch and tea during Stan McCabe’s innings of 232 at Nottingham in 1938.

In contrast, before lunch on the fourth day of the 1958 Brisbane Test, Trevor Bailey had scored just eight runs in the entire session.

Craved for a run: Record for most deliveries to open an account in Ashes Test – John Murray 80 balls, 1963 in Sydney (batting with a shoulder injury). This record for Australia was made by Carl Rackman in Sydney in 1991 – 76 balls.