SCG to host 100th Test Match

November 13, 2011

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host its 100th Test Match played when Australia plays India in the second Test commencing on 3 January.

The SCG will become one of only three international grounds to have hosted 100 Tests. The others are Lord’s and the MCG.

The Sydney Cricket Ground is the creation of 11th North Devonshire regiment in the 1840s when its colonel decided to use military funds to transform the scrubland to the south of Victoria Barracks into a cricket ground of the highest standard, one that could host games worthy of the best teams in the Empire. The original ground included a rifle range and gardens. The SCG has retained many gardens to this day.

British troops were withdrawn from NSW in 1870. Responsibility for the SCG was assumed by the NSW Regiment. Building work and earth moving had been continuous.

In January 1876, the colonial government of NSW transferred responsibility from the military to a Trust appointed by the Minister for Lands. The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust is the direct descendant of the first three Trustees appointed.

The first Test played at the SCG was in February 1882 where Joey Palmer bowled Australia to a five wicket victory in the second Test of the series against England. This was the first of 54 Tests between Australia and England played at the SCG.

In the first innings, Palmer bowled 58 overs, remarkably without a spell, to capture 7-68 as England was dismissed for 133. He bowled a further 66 overs in the second innings, taking 4-97, as the visitors managed 232.

Over the ensuring years, Australia has played Tests against England (54), South Africa (11), West Indies (14), India (9), Pakistan (7), New Zealand (2), Zimbabwe (1) and the 2005-06 season Test against a World XI.

SCG Trust Chairman Rodney Cavalier described the SCG as the most sacred site in European Australia.

“In a world of unending change, when nothing seems certain, Test cricket at the SCG is powerfully attractive. Tests are recognisably nineteenth century played in a contemporary setting,” said Mr Cavalier.

“The Laws of Cricket have been amended to reflect the spirit of the game. Equipment has changed. Batsmen and bowlers have experimented. Yet, the equipment, bowling actions and batting strokes remain essentially what were devised by the founding generation of first class cricketers.”

Australia has enjoyed a winning advantage at the SCG. It has won 54 Tests, lost 28 and drawn 17. So often the Test at the SCG has been the Test in which the Ashes have been won, lost or retained.

SCG 100th Test - Australia v India
3-7 January 2012
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The SCG is, and will remain, a very special ground for many sports lovers.
Our grand lady will host its 100th Test match to be played on the ground in January 2012.

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