Ashes 2015: Stephen Fry's history of the urn

Actor, presenter and writer Stephen Fry tells the history of the Ashes urn.

The 11cm terracotta urn was first presented to then England captain, the Honourable Ivo Bligh, during the 1882-83 tour of Australia, and is permanently housed in the MCC museum at Lord's, where the second Test begins on Thursday.

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