<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-814881" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ashes-urn-Getty.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="353" /> <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ashes">The Ashes</a> urn will make its first journey to Australia in 12 years later this year when it is displayed in the State Library Victoria in Melbourne, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mcc">Marylebone Cricket Club</a> (MCC) announced Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>The urn, which traditionally resides in the MCC museum at its Lord's ground headquarters, regardless of the result of an <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">England-Australi</a>a Test series, will be on display in the Library's 'Velvet, Iron, Ashes' exhibition from December 2019 until February 2020. <p></p> <p></p>By then, the latest Ashes series between Test cricket's oldest rivals will have been completed, with England staging a five-match series from August 1 to September 16 as they look to atone for a 4-0 away drubbing in 2017/18. <p></p> <p></p>This will be only the third time the urn has travelled to Australia; it was exhibited for less than a week during the country's 1988 Bicentennial celebrations and visited six cities in three months during the 2006/07 Ashes series. <p></p> <p></p>England and Australia played what is now considered to be the first men's cricket Test match at Melbourne in 1877. <p></p> <p></p>The Ashes themselves came into being following England's first home defeat by Australia at The Oval in London in 1882. <p></p> <p></p>Afterwards, the Sporting Times newspaper published a mock obituary of English cricket that concluded by saying: "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." <p></p> <p></p>On England's next tour of Australia in 1882/83, a small terracotta urn said to contain the Ashes of a burnt bail was presented to visiting captain Ivo Bligh. <p></p> <p></p>Following his death, the urn was bequeathed to the MCC and has remained the acknowledged symbol of Anglo-Australian cricket supremacy. <p></p> <p></p>Since the 1998/99 series, however, the winning Ashes captain has been able to hold aloft a Waterford Crystal replica commissioned by the MCC. <p></p> <p></p>"We are delighted to loan the Ashes Urn, a symbolic and special treasure, to State Library Victoria," said MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender in a statement. <p></p> <p></p>"The story of the Ashes Urn is one that captivates so many people around the world and the State Library Victoria's exhibition is a very fitting place for its story to be told." <p></p> <p></p>State Library Victoria chief executive Kate Torney added: "We are thrilled to have the chance to bring to life the wonderful stories surrounding the Ashes tradition, which of course, began here in Melbourne."