One of the most historic sporting venues in the world, the 48,000-seater Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is located in south-eastern fringe of Sydney and is one of the World T20 Cup venues. Built in 1848, it is the oldest cricket ground in Australia and 4th oldest in the world after Lord’s, Trent Bridge and the Oval. A multi-purpose ground, SCG is used for cricket, Australian rules football, association football and sometimes for rugby league as well. The ground is home to Sixes franchise in Australian T20 League and the domestic New South Wales team.
History of Sydney Cricket Ground
Established as the second Sydney Common by Lachlan Macquarie in 1811, the ground was used for sports for the first time in 1851 by the 11th North Devonshire Regiment of the British Army in Australia. In 1875, the New South Wales Cricket Association (NSWCA) began to modify the ground for more frequent use.
The first test match at the SCG was played between Australia and England from 17-21 February 1882 where the Aussies defeated the English by 5 wickets. The ground also witnessed the highest first class score of the great Sir Don Bradman when he scored 452 for NSW against Queensland. The SCG is the traditional venue for every final match of the historic Ashes Series and every New Year Test match (now known as the Pink Test).
T20 Cricket Stats at Sydney Cricket Ground
Australia faced arch-rivals England in the first-ever T20 match held at the SCG on 9 January 2007. SCG has regularly hosted international T20 matches as well as crucial knock-out matches of Australian T20 League. Typically a good batting surface, it is one of the most favourable grounds for spinners in Australia and has produced nail-biting matches over the years.
Total Matches: 12
Matches Won Batting First: 6
Matches Won Batting Second: 5
Average 1st Innings Score: 160
Average 2nd Innings Score: 140
Iconic Matches at Sydney Cricket Ground
The T20I match between Australia and New Zealand on February 15, 2009 still remains one of the most exciting T20I matches ever played. The Australian skipper B. Haddin won the toss and elected to bat first. Aussies posted a total of 150 in 20 overs which seemed like a low total on a belter of a pitch. The Kiwis fell short by 1-run despite the heroics from B. McCullum, who scored 71 off just 47 deliveries. Australian seamer N. Bracken (0/16) was named as Man of the Match and became first bowler to win the award without taking a single wicket.
World T20 Cup Schedule at Sydney Cricket Ground
|October 22, Saturday||13th Match, Super 12 Group 1||New Zealand vs Australia|
|October 27, Thursday||22nd Match, Super 12 Group 2||South Africa vs Bangladesh|
|October 27, Thursday||23rd Match, Super 12 Group 2||India vs A2|
|October 29, Saturday||27th Match, Super 12 Group 1||New Zealand vs A1|
|November 03, Thursday||36th Match, Super 12 Group 2||Pakistan vs South Africa|
|November 05, Saturday||39th Match, Super 12 Group 1||England vs A1|
|November 09, Wednesday||43rd Match, 1st Semi-Final||TBC vs TBC|
*A1 & A2 will be the winners of the group stage.
**TBC is To be Confirmed
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