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Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2005 08:46 PM IST

Established: 1871

Pitch type: Grass

Capacity: 30,000 (approx)

End names: City End, Cathedral End

One of the most picturesque Test grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval is a magnificent combination of the old and new.

Established in 1871, first-class cricket has been played here since November 1877. International cricket came to Adelaide when Australia took on England in the first match of the 1884-85 Ashes series.

In the 62 Tests at this venue, the home side have won 30 matches and lost 16. The remaining 16 matches were drawn.

The Adelaide Oval can accommodate about 30,000 spectators and features the world's most famous mechanical scoreboard, built in 1911. The western grandstands at the ground date back to the last century and blend harmoniously with the comparatively new Sir Donald Bradman Grandstand, opened in 1990.

The pitch is always true and generally assists batting. 142 individual hundreds have been scored at this ground with Don Bradman's unbeaten 299 against South Africa (January 1932) being the highest ever.

Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid's 233 in December 2003 is the highest by a visiting batsman.

The ground is the longest of all Test grounds and it is rare to see straight sixes struck at Adelaide Oval, although hits over the side boundaries are common.

Australian all-rounder Albert Trott's 8 for 43 on debut, against England in January 1895, is the best bowling performance, while India's Kapil Dev (8 for 106) produced the best figures by a visiting bowler during the summer of 1985-86.

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