The Ashes is a cricket series played between England and Australia.
"In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST, 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P.
N.B. – The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."
- Reginald Shirley Brooks, The Sporting Times (printed in the obituary)
"I've not travelled 6,000 miles to make friends. I'm here to win the Ashes."
- Douglas Jardine, England cricket captain 1930s?
"England have only three major problems. They can't bat, they can't bowl and they can't field."
- Journalist Martin Johnson describing England before the 1986/87 tour. England went on to win the Ashes.
"A fart competing with thunder"
- Graham Gooch on England's lack of success against Australia in the 1990s 
"I'm struggling now, I've not been to bed yet and behind these sunglasses is a thousand stories "
- Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, 13th September 2005, The day after England reclaimed the ashes.
"Matthew Hoggard called the Prime Minister a knob when we were celebrating winning the Ashes at a Downing Street function, and you know what? That's the first thing Hoggy's got right in a while. Blair is a knob."
- Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff