17 interesting facts about Edgbaston, the host of third Investec Ashes Test
The Edgbaston cricket ground will host the third Ashes Test which will start on July 29; and is expected that the match will yield a mouthwatering one as the Investec Ashes series is tied now since Australia registered massive 405 runs victory after shameful 169 run loss to Engalnd in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. Now, both, England and Australia will be desperate to get the series lead.
The historic Edgbaston ground, which will host a Test since 2012, is regarded as the Eden Gardens of England.
The English crowd is generally the most gentle in nature, but there was one Edgbaston stadium which is considered as the most hostile among the stadiums in England.
In the third Test, Australia will not enjoy the calm atmosphere of the Lord’s while England will get onto the field with the support of twenty eight thousand capacity spectators who will do everything to make the life of Australian players hell.
Alec Stewart, the former wicketkeeper captain of England, regarded Edgbaston as the Eden Gardens-Kolkata of England. He recalled, ‘‘on a world level I would put it up there with Eden Gardens in Calcutta, which holds about 100,000. It inspires a team. It’s like having another man in your side.’’ And the former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones describes how ‘‘the crowd here makes such a big noise when you are doing well… it’s a unique environment.’’
The iconic Birmingham stadium where India won their first ever Champions Trophy against England in 2013 in front of “home” crowd as most number of emigrant Indians and Pakistanis are live in Birmingham who went to Edgbaston stadium to echo support for India.
County Cricket Stadium-Edgbaston is a witness of many historic moments, so here at Sportzwiki, I am making a list of seventeen interesting facts about this Stadium:
1. The stadium was built in 1882, the third oldest cricket stadium in the world.
2. First Test played in 1902 between England and Australia.
3. The record of first international century scored by Johnny Tyldesley of England.
4. The lowest total at the County Cricket Stadium is 36 scored by Australia as orthodox left arm spin of Wilfred Rhodes bamboozled them.
5. This is the home ground of county cricket club Warwickshire.
6. This ground is least affected by the run among all England cricket stadiums.
7. Brain Lara’s unbeaten 501 against Durham at this ground is the best first-class individual score till date.
8. The famous 1999 World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa held at this Stadium. South Africa lost the match after tied the match.
9. England’s empathic two run victory in a rollercoaster match is among the best Ashes moment. The victory is the closest in the history of Ashes.
10. Name of the two ends is Birmingham end and Pavilion end.
11. The first ODI was played in 1972 between England and Australia.
12. The first T20 match was played between Pakistan and Australia in 2010. Pakistan defeated Australia.
13. Marcus Trescothick becomes the first cricketer to score hundred in both innings against West Indies.
14. South Africa completed their first series victory in England since 1965 as they chased down 281, the highest ever successful chase at this ground.
15. Alastair Cook scored his career best 294 against India for a winning cause, with this win England had grabbed the numero uno position in ICC Test ranking.
16. In 2013 India won the ICC Champions Trophy beating England in nail biting 5 runs victory.
17. In terms of capacity it is the second biggest cricket stadium in England after the Lord’s.
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