Ashes urn and Paul Bunyan Axe - the 13 weirdest trophies in sport – in pictures

Check out our list of the most unconventional pieces of silverware being hand out to winners across various sports

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The 71st edition of the historic 'Ashes' cricket series is upon us as England host reigning champions Australia during the course of the next two months for the right to hold aloft a very tiny urn.

Neither England captain Joe Root not Tim Paine, his Australian counterpart, need any enlightenment on the significance of a series whose history dates all the way back to the late 1800s. But those of you not tuned into cricket but, nonetheless, have a passing fancy are likely to have some fun reading about its history and why it is such a big deal for players from both of these countries to hold a trophy that is all of 11 centimetres in height.

Granted, the urn is a very peculiar trophy to hand out. But as you will discover from this photo gallery we have put together for you, there are plenty other prizes across sports that are both weird and wonderful to look at.

To check out 14 of the most unconventional trophies, browse through the photo gallery above.