Grounds

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Country
England
Ends
City End and Pavilion End
City
Birmingham
Capacity
21000
Established
1882
Floodit
no

Situated in the country suburb of Birmingham, the County Cricket Ground was established in 1882. It was the youngest of England’s six regular Test grounds, until Chester-le-street was inaugurated in 2003. Edgbaston made its debut in 1902, when England and Australia played a Test and an ODI between the same teams was played in 1972. With a crowd capacity of 21,000, it was voted ideal for ODIs as well. It hosted just four Tests in its first 27 years, but upon re-entering the circuit in 1957, it was considered to be the most state-of-the-art ground in the country, with the Thwaite Memorial Scoreboard, constructed in 1950, among the most notable features.

A new phase of renovation got underway at the end of the 1990s, which, partially funded by lottery money, resulted in the Edgbaston Cricket Centre and the £2million Eric Hollies stand. The ground was the scene of Brian Lara’s world-record 501 not out, against Durham in 1994, and in 1999, played host to perhaps the single greatest one-day match in history - the tied World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa.

VENUE TRACKER

David Gower
767
Runs
Fred Trueman
39
Wickets
710/7
by England on August 10, 2011 - England beat India by an innings and 242 runs
30/10
by South Africa on June 14, 1924 - England beat South Africa by an innings and 18 runs
294
by Alastair Cook v India on August 10, 2011 - England beat India by an innings and 242 runs
7/17
by Wilfred Rhodes v Australia on May 29, 1902 - England drew with Australia
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