It all began back in August 1882 when Australia beat England at home for the first time ever. It was a defeat which shocked the sporting world.
The Sporting Times newspaper printed a pretend tribute to the 'death of English cricket,' and said its body would be cremated and the ashes sent to Australia.
These mythical 'ashes' turned real when England next toured Australia.
The Aussies presented then England captain Ivo Bligh with a real set of ashes, made from a burnt bail, in a small pot.
These ashes, kept in a glass cage at Lord's, sparked the start of the tournament.