Tag Cricket Grounds
Australian cricket isn't the best in the world just like that! Aussie Selectors pick the deserving rookies & throw them in International cricket at the right moment. Their cricketers never lose the zeal for a win, veterans retire before being thrown out & their coaches make the best plans against all oppositions.
I may be seeing the grass more greener from the outside, but I'm sure the outfields in Australian grounds are much greener than those in my country - India. Itsonlycricket.com reviews cricket grounds time to time, and today, talking about the greatness of cricket downunder - its time bring info on Cricket grounds in Australia. did I mention the pitch curators in Australia also make the best even/sporting 22 yard strips made anywhere in the world? and then, we have Australian architects building the best cricket stadiums, like the one we'll start the article with..
Indoor stadium, Melbourne
38 meters above playing surface ~ a retractable roof covers the whole ground as a dome (process takes 8 minutes), and rules out any interference of rain or bad weather troubling a cricket match. Two replay screens, 1,000 video seats, capacity of 74 thousand spectators adjusted one time on special movable seating arrangements. Originally build to stage Australian rules football - this indoor stadium has successfully hosted 3 one day Internationals cricket matches between Australia and South Africa. Nothing since then, but Melbourne cricket club & owners of this stadium (previously named as Conolial stadium) are in negotiations to bring cricket full time back to the cricket's first indoor ground. find more interesting facts on Telstra Dome cricket stadium.
Melbourne cricket ground, Victoria
First cricket test match (International) was played here (in 1854), and since 1980, MCG has been hosting the famous Boxing day test matches featuring Australia and a touring country - from 26th of December every year! Maximum capacity has been over 90 thousand, the oldest cricket ground of the cricket world also hosted the 2006 commonwealth games. Lately, its undergoing a five stage plan of renovation.
It was here where Pakistan won the 1992 world cup, beating England and it was also here where Muthiah Muralitharan was called for no balls (chucking), 7 times by Umpire Darrell Hair. To know more on MCG, see this or try Melbourne cricket club for your tickets queries and a virtual tour to the cricket ground in case you haven't been to MCG before.
we hear a cricket field being Oval shaped, but most of the grounds world wide are circular in shape. Not Adelaide Oval. At adelaide, batsman with good cut-n-pull can make loads of runs.
Highly recommended for family, famous ground among the Indian fans (after 4 wicket win), Adelaide Oval has a 'not so small' capacity of 30,000 outdoor & 5000 indoor spectators. See Pigeons (birds) & don't forget - the Chappell brothers who have a stand named after them at the eastern side of the ground.
Comparatively the smallest and least known test ground in Australia, Tasmania is the home team (local champions in 2006) but I must mention the frequent afternoon showers that intervene in long cricket matches. Two principle stands with 5 smaller ones allow around 16,000 spectators at a time & pitch is know to get better n better for the batsman. The adress is Derwent st, Bellerive 7018, phone (03)6211 4000... but you aren't supposed to watch too many test matches at this Hobart ground as other 5 australian grounds get the preference. Yes, teams like Bangalesh & other upcoming cricket nations have a good chance to get a game here.
Deemed as the hardest & fastest cricket pitch in the world, batsman have to be good on horizontal bat shots to survive here. Unlike most of Aussie stadiums with huge spectators stands, Perth cricket ground has a capacity of merely 22 thousand people, enjoying cricket on the grass stands or the temporary seatings. India have played 2 test matches here & lost them both. In 2008, India vs Australia 3rd test match will be India's 3rd, so another piece of information is western australia cricket association where you can buy the match tickets, or wikipedia will tell more of history of Perth ground!
Sydney cricket ground
Most likable ground for Asian teams as pitch here don't offer heaps of bounce and then, allows spinners a chance. Architects have tried to keep fans as close to the action as possible, unlike many cricket stadiums which build long stands far away from the 22 yard pitch. Home team New South Wales have been the best Australian domestic team, which also shows how good the facilities at Sydney cricket ground are. A seating capacity of around 50,000 - floodlights only add to its beauty in day-night matches. the address of sydney cricket ground is : Driver Avenue, Moore Park, 2021. Phone (02)9360 6601 & contact sydney cricket ground official site for tickets & hospitality.
Full name - Woolloongabba (as per the suburb in Brisbane). The Gabba in short - is known for its famous tied test match played between Australia and West Indies in 1960 (only second tie of test history). Not known to offer too much of spin, Shane Warne loved this ground for the bounce. Pace bowlers with swing ability can make life very difficult for the batsman. A capacity of almost 40,000 helps the working Brisbane crowd a chance to see great cricket - mostly the first test match of a new season. The googling I did, tells me that for tickets at the Gabba - following works - Telephone (+61) 1300 13 61 22, Fax 03 9256 8864 or ticketmaster.com.au Note : For tickets at all cricket stadiums in Australia, cricket.com.au - the official site of Cricket Australia is a very good option!