The Ashes are supposed to be the cremated remains of English cricket. The Sporting Times published a mock obituary when Australia first beat England at home. Ivo Bligh took the English team to Australia the next year, vowing to bring back the Ashes and a tradition was born.
One of the two smaller sticks placed on top of the three stumps to form a wicket.
Used by the umpires in cricket to check whether the size of a cricket ball meets the standard measurements.
Three vertical posts supporting the bails to form a wicket at each end of the pitch.
Used to determine the correct position for the three stumps used to form the wicket.
Former lover of Edward Plummer, she is reunited with him after nearly marrying Tackleton at the urging of her mother, Mrs Fielding.
Carrier, deliverer of goods, who is much older than his wife, Mary.
Mary is the much younger wife of John. She is called Dot due to her small size and dumpling shape. Her parents are Old Dot and Mrs Dot, both also small. Mary works to reunite old lovers May Fielding and Edward Plummer. Mary.
Blind daughter of poor toymaker, Caleb Plummer. To help ease Bertha's way Caleb has made her believe that the unfeeling Tackleton is their kind friend and the unknowing Bertha falls in love with him.
Poor toymaker who works for the hard-hearted Tackleton. Acting as the eyes of his blind daughter, Bertha, he tenderly embellishes their humble home and ragged clothes and makes her believe that the unfeeling Tackleton is their friend.
Son of Caleb and sister to Bertha. Edward was the former lover of May Fielding, went away to sea, and was supposed dead. With the help of Mary Peerybingle, he is reunited with May on the day she is supposed to marry Tackleton.
Angular and clumsy nurse to the Peerybingle's infant son.
Known as Gruff and Tackleton, the name of his toymaking business. He is the Scrooge of the story, a hard-hearted, unfeeling man who has lived off of children all his life. He is the employer of Caleb Plummer and schemes to marry May Fielding. Like Scrooge, he softens at the end of the story.
In North West, South Africa. Was first used for Test cricket on 25th October 2002
Easily spotted by their vomit-inducing yellow tops
Easily spotted by their lobster-pink flesh and beer bellies
A cricket bat is usually made of wood from the willow tree.
Tell Ponting to buy one with a better grille.
Right handed bowler. Scored 19399 runs and took 1172 wickets.
Test batting average of 99.94.
Widely regarded as cricket's greatest ever all-rounder, having excelled at all the essential skills of batting, bowling and fielding. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket.
Highest run scorer in both Test matches and ODIs, and also the batsman with the most centuries in either form of the game. The first player to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined, he now has more than eighty international centuries.
Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as the greatest leg spin bowler in the history of cricket.
A question to the umpire to ask if a batsman is out or what many people can't see about cricket.
A ball which goes directly at a batsman's head without bouncing. Illegal. Just not cricket.
A short pitched ball that bounces up to the batsman's head.
Extra runs scored when the ball goes past batsman and wicket-keeper and the batsmen run for it.
When a batsman is out without scoring. If it happens on the first ball, it's called a "Golden Duck".
A left-handed bowler bowling wrist spin. Clear?
A variety of spin delivery.
Runs awarded to the batting team which aren't attributed to any individual batsman.
A ball that doesn't bounce as much as expected and "goes under" the bat.
A variety of spin delivery.
An over with no runs, wides or no-balls.
A series of six consecutive ball bowled by the same bowler.
Refers to the ball bowled after a no-ball in One Day Internationals or Twenty 20 where the batsman can't be out except by run out.
Tasked by the Blue Fairy to act as Pinocchio's conscience.