Ground Name WACA Perth Ground
Address Nelson Crescent, East Perth 6892
End names Members End and Prindiville Stand End
Telephone (08) 9265 7222
Fax (08) 9265 7275
Ground Capacity 24,000
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Built on old swamp land, the WACA (Western Australia Cricket Ground) has staged AFL, soccer, rugby league and union in its 120-year history, but is best known for cricket.
The ground boasts a scenic setting, with the River Swan and Queens Gardens situated right next door. It remains notable for having one of the quickest and bounciest wickets in the world. The famous Fremantle Doctor, a wind which comes from the south-west, eases the intense Perth heat.
One of the most famous matches to take place at this ground was the 1977 Gillette Cup semi-final between Western Australia and Queensland.
Dubbed `miracle match', the hosts were bowled out for 77, only to then restrict visiting Queensland to 62.
Hosted its first Test Match in 1970-71 and has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the fastest and hardest pitches on the international circuit.
Under-went a major redevelopment programme in 2002 which included the construction of a new small grandstand and players’ pavilion.
The Perth wicket is very quick and exceptionally bouncy. However, the pitch does stay true, offering batsmen good value for shots. The hosts almost always make full use of the conditions.
England have their worst record at this ground, with only one win in 11 outings. The hosts have seven victories, with three games ending as draws. The solitary win for England came in December 1978.