Britain win ‘Diplomatic Ashes’ after cricket victory over Australia in Kenya

Diplomatic Ashes in Kenya
Australian High Commissioner Alison Chartres presents her British counterpart with the ‘Diplomatic Ashes’. Photo: Twitter/AusHCKenya

Teams from the UK and Australian High Commissions in Kenya faced off against each other on Friday in a fiercely fought game of cricket with both sides aiming to win the so-called ‘Diplomatic Ashes’.

In international cricket, the Ashes is a Test series also played between England and Australia. The Ashes are regarded as being held by the team that most recently won the Test series. If the test series is drawn, the team that currently holds the Ashes retains the trophy.

The term originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia’s 1882 victory at The Oval, its first Test win on English soil. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.

Diplomatic Ashes in Kenya
The teams from the UK and Australian High Commissions in Kenya played each other for the ‘Diplomatic Ashes’. Photo: Twitter/AusHCKenya

Alison Chartres, the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya congratulated her British counterpart and his High Commission team on their victory, but vowed her team would “be back better than ever next match!”

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