On November 23rd, England and Australia will commence the 70th Ashes Series of test cricket, the biannual series that has been played since 1877, making it arguably the oldest regularly-played sports rivalry in the world.
The Ashes is called that because the winning trophy is a replica of an urn that contains the ashes of cricket bails that were burned after an embarrassing loss by England in 1882.
The Ashes is a series of five test cricket matches. A test match is played for up to 5 days. Matches can end in a tie or a win. England are the defending champion and need only to draw the series to retain the Ashes; Australia must win the series to gain the trophy.
Each match will take place at a different cricket venue in Australia. It begins in Brisbane. Perhaps the most hallowed venue is the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can seat 100,000 people.
In America the matches are shown on One World Sports which is available on Verizon, Dish Network, Sling TV and other providers. In New York many bars that show international sporting events like soccer will show the Ashes but the best atmosphere will be Australian expat bars like the Australian on 37th Street in Manhattan.