Pitch report – The Adelaide Oval

Les Burdett at a training session at the Adela...

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Established: 1873
Capacity: 32,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: City End, Cathedral End
Home Team: South Australia
Head Groundsman: Damian Hough
Test History: 68 Tests; 34 home wins; 16 away wins; 18 draws
Last 10 Tests: 7 home wins, 1 away win, 2 draws
Last 10 Tosses: 10 batted first (2 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats);

Set among gardens and trees and with the spire of St Peter’s Cathedral peeking over the grandstands, the Adelaide Oval has a strangely English feel for an Australian cricket ground.

Conclusion:

The legendary Les Burdett may have retired, but nothing his successor Damian Hough has said in the build-up to the game suggests we should expect anything different from the Adelaide pitch.

One thing’s for sure; win the toss and get first use of the ‘Burdett Belter’, or, as it should now be known, the ‘Hough Highway’. The last 18 successful captains and 26 of the last 27 have followed that path.

Full report: Cricket 365

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