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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pick Up a Cricket Bat at the Mashes

English and Australian fans await the series with bated breath. It's a longstanding fixture in the sporting calendar.

No, it's not the Ashes, but the Mashes -- the Moscow version of the famed cricket matchup.

Unlike the Ashes, the Mashes is held every year in late August.

And while England last year won the Ashes, the Mashes trophy has resided at the Australian Embassy since 2003.

A small metal cup, instead of a Waterford crystal urn, is awarded to the winning side.

"The Aussies always like to get one over on us," said Tim Pinkstone, captain of the English side.

"There's certainly a sporting rivalry between them and the old country."

Both sides are looking for players.

The English team invites cricketers from all parts of the British Isles, and the Australians play together with New Zealanders.

The match will be held in a baseball stadium at Moscow State University.

Although most Russians have never played it, cricket is taking on a higher profile here. MSU students play in a summer league, and its organizers plan for Russia to join the International Cricket Council, cricket's governing body.

For more information about the Mashes, contact Tim Pinkstone at 755-9831.