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Newlands, Cape Town

Newlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque Test cricket venue in the world.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 17:21 IST

Newlands, Cape Town
 
Newlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque Test cricket venue in the world. The 117-year-old Test cricket venue hosted the second Test between England and South Africa in March 1889 as its inaugural match.

It became an ODI venue in 1992 after the apartheid of South Africa from International sports. In that match South Africa trounced India with impeccable performance of Hansie Cronje by ball. He captured five wickets spending just 32 runs.

South Africans fans will enjoy the fact that Newlands has been a particularly good ground to the national side in limited-overs internationals.

The playing surface is highly regarded, but that wasn’t always the case. Pakistan certainly didn’t think so when they were blasted out for just 43 by the West Indies in February 1993. Their woeful batting effort included six ducks!

At the 2003 Cricket World Cup Newlands hosted both the opening ceremony and the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa and the West Indies.