Ground Name Adelaide Oval
Address War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide 5006
End names City End and Cathedral End
Telephone (08) 8300 3800
Fax (08) 8231 4346
Ground Capacity approx 30,000
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The Adelaide Oval was named after the famous Oval in South London and is one of the prettiest settings in Test match cricket with fine views of the nearby mountains and St Peter’s Cathedral.
Situated on the banks of the River Torrens next to the majestic Cathedral, the ground also boasts the world's most famous mechanical scoreboard - which is still in operation.
The ground is also a one hour drive from the world famous wine region of the ‘Barossa Valley’.
Adelaide is renowned for having well-balanced wickets; early in a match the pitch favours the batsmen, but it can take spin in the latter stages of a game.
Steeped in history, the Adelaide Oval’s famous Bradman Stand is named after the local hero Sir Donald Bradman, Australia’s greatest ever batsman, who retired with a record Test match average of 99.94.
England’s most recent Ashes Test win here was in 1994-95 when Mike Gatting scored a century but it was doom and gloom four years ago.
Paul Collingwood hit a magnificent 206 and Kevin Pietersen 158 as England amassed 551 for six in their first innings. Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke then hit tons as Australia responded with 513.
A morale-boosting draw for Andrew Flintoff's side looked imminent with a day remaining - England were 59 for one overnight with a lead of 97 - but they folded in dramatic fashion in the face of the irrepressible Shane Warne.
England lost nine wickets for just 60 runs, which left Australia chasing 168 in the final session. As the shadows descended, Michael Hussey and Clarke saw Australia to a six-wicket win, a crushing blow from which England could not recover.
The teams have clashed 29 times at the ground, with Australia winning 16 times, England eight and five draws. The visitors' last win in Adelaide was in December 1995.