27 Jul Pendulum Cricket Test Match overview:
The Oval, 100 up congrats!
Midway through the current England and South African Test Series the Oval holds the 3rd Test of the 4-Test Series. This culminates with the Oval hosting their 100th Test Match and joins a prestigious group behind Lord’s, Melbourne (MCG) and Sydney (SCG).
Albeit it was the MCG that hosted the inaugural Test Match back during 15-19 March 1877, Australia entertaining England won that debut Test Match by 45 runs. Interestingly enough 100 years later, to celebrate the centenary of Test Cricket, the same two sides met during 12-17 March 1977. Funnier enough Australia won that match too by the same score line, 45 runs!
Prior to the early 80’s Test Cricket incorporated a rest day, which generally was celebrated on a Sunday. The first day / night Test Match took place between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on 27 November 2015. Australia won that match by 3 wickets.
On 8 July 2009, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff became the 100th Test Match venue. Since then there have been 114 grounds that have hosted Test Cricket, more will be added with Afghanistan and Ireland now joining the ranks of Test Nations. The most recent venue is Dharamsala in India on 25 March 2017.
Up to Test Match number #2258 these were the top 10 host venues:
- Lord’s 133 (England)
- MCG 109 (Australia)
- SCG 105 (Australia)
- The Oval 100 (England)
- Old Trafford 77 (England)
- Headingley 75 (England)
- Adelaide Oval 74 (Australia)
- Trent Bridge 61 (England)
- Basin Reserve 60 (New Zealand)
Queen’s Park Oval 60 West Indies)
India’s most popular stadium is Eden Gardens (40) and South Africa has Newlands (54), although Johannesburg have hosted more at various venues; Old Wanderers (22), Ellis Park Stadium (6) and New Wanderers Stadium (37) i.e. 65 test matches in total. 100 seems a long way off for these cities!