Grounds

The Oval, London

Country
England
Ends
Pavilion End and Vauxhall End
City
London
Capacity
23500
Established
Floodit
no

This ground is known to people of different generations, differently - The Oval; AMP Oval; Foster’s Oval; Brit Oval and most recently, The Kia Oval, due to it's commercial sponsors. A temporary home to prisoners in transit during the Second World War, it was established in 1845 to accommodate a crowd of 23500, but floodlights were installed only in 2009. It is home to England's national cricket team as well as the county of Surrey. Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the first -ever Test on English soil was played at this very ground between England and Australia from September 6-8, 1880 with WG Grace scoring a hundred in the first game of his career. The first ODI was played almost 90 years later between England and the West Indies. More importantly, this is the historic venue where the legend of the Ashes was born a couple of years after the inaugural Test, in August 1882. England were all-out for 78 while chasing a small total of 85. The next morning, the famous mock obituary was published. 

 

The Oval has also been witness to many historic matches, England's epic win over Australia by an innings and 579 runs in 1938; Don Bradman's farewell duck 10 years later; Holding's 14 wickets in 1976 and many more. It is also a general sports ground in the world, which staged the first FA Cup final in 1872. The ground has also witnessed rock concerts, ice skating, rugby matches and the traditional end-of-season Aussie Rules match. The most beautiful structures of the ground are the pavilion, built in 1890, and the Vauxhall stand.
 

VENUE TRACKER

Len Hutton
1521
Runs
Ian Botham
52
Wickets
903/7
by England on August 20, 1938 - England beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs
44/10
by Australia on August 10, 1896 - England beat Australia by 66 runs
364
by Len Hutton v Australia on August 20, 1938 - England beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs
9/57
by Devon Malcolm v South Africa on August 18, 1994 - England beat South Africa by 8 wickets
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