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Edgbaston Cricket Ground’s Location and Features

In 1882, Edgbaston Cricket Ground was first established. That’s why it has a vast history. However, it is located in Edgbaston, an area in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Furthermore, the stadium coordinates are 52°27’20.93″N1°54’08.96″W. Along with that, the stadium has two ends, named Birmingham End and Pavilion End. In addition, it has had flood lights since 2011. Hence, it has a grassy pitch. Its’ owner is GaryBarwell.

Along with that, Warwickshire Country Cricket Club is its home team, while Birmingham Bears are its T20 team. Moreover the Test series, ODI’s and T20I’s are played here. However, the Edgbaston Cricket Ground stadium has a capacity of approximately 25000 spectators.

Fast facts of Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Other namesCountry ground, Edgbaston stadium
Established in1882
Coordinates52°27’20.93N1°54’08.96″W
AddressEdgbaston Rd, Birmingham B5 7QU, United Kingdom
OwnerGary Barwell
Flood LightsYes since 2011
End NamesBirmingham End and pavilion End
CapacityApprox. 25,000
Pitchgrassy
Ground Shape Slightly Oval
Facts of the Ground
Edgbaston Cricket Ground
Edgbaston Cricket Ground

History of the Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Earlier Era

Calthorpe Estate was the owner of Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Later, it was sold to Wylam Investors on a long-term lese. Consequently, the later owners took responsibility for the stadium’s upscale appearance.

Subsequently, because of the substantial population and accessibility by train of Birmingham. They agreed to lease the area for £5 per acre over a 21-year period in exchange for spending an additional £1,250 on pavilions, drainage, and fencing. The Edgbaston Cricket ground’s inaugural game was played in 1886 against the MCC.

Post World Wars Era

After the war, the stadium underwent substantial renovations, including the installation of Rea Bank and the Thwaite Memorial scoreboard. There was also an indoor cricket school constructed in 1956. As a result, the Pavilion Suite was finished. The stadium’s capacity was increased to 17,500 in 1989.

Thus, there was the first competitive floodlit day/night match in Britain in 1997. The ground can now accommodate 25,000 people due to the additional construction in 2010 and 2011. It then reopened in July 2011, following the most recent development.

Ground Features of Edgbaston Cricket Ground

The most aggressive environment for the visiting squad is at England’s premier stadium. Thus,the ground is famous for his attendance records. In 1951 country championship about 28,000 people were spotted here. Additionally, the 1957 test match drew roughly 32,000 people.

Furthermore, expansive facilities and distinctive setting were commended by the Wales and England Cricket Boards in Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Up until 2000, it had a mechanized rain cover device named Brumbrella.

Stands, Enclosures and Facilities in Edgbaston Cricket Ground

The stadium has following stands

South Stand

It was built in 2011. It is having multitiered structure including hospitality suites, press box, changing rooms, visitor and learning center, administration offices, banqueting halls and club shop. Additionally, Pavilion is having a seating capacity of over 4,000 spectators.

West Stand

It was constructed in 2011 on the former William Ansell Stand. It includes two substantial decks of seats. Additionally, it contains a giant electronic scoreboard facing the pitch.

It is located above Edgbaston Suite, an exhibition hall, and a 750-seat banquet hall. It is next to the south and stands out for its vibrant blue presence both within and outside of the stadium.

Drayton Manor Family Stand

This is the stadium’s primary family stand; thus, it was given a new name in 2014 due to a sponsorship agreement with Drayton Manor Theme Park. In addition, it is located between Raglan Stands and West, having a single tier. This is specially designed for families with young children.

Raglan Stand

On the opposite side of Eric Hollies Stand, this one-tier building runs parallel to stumps. The Aylesford Hospitality Boxes are also located in this stand, near the back and with a view of the pitch.

R. E. S. Wyatt Stand

The stand is named after Bob Wyatt. It has executive boxes, a single deck of seats, and pitch-view dining establishments such as Marston’s Suite and Executive Club.

Scrivens (Press Box) Stand

Bob Wyatt’s stand, donated in 1957 by Langton Iliffe and the Coventry Evening Telegraph, features executive boxes, seats, and pitch-view dining. Originally used for a test match, it served as press facilities until 2011. Currently known as the Scrivens Stand due to sponsorship.

Scrivens (Press Box) Stand

This is a compact, one-tier stand that was first constructed in 1989. However, It is located in front of the Thwaite Memorial Scoreboard, which is the stadium’s most recognizable feature.

Eric Hollies Stand of Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Previously, this was once referred to as Rea Bank, which flows directly behind it. The stand was renamed after Eric Holly in 1989. Reconstructed in 2003, it now seats 5900 and has received a Civic Trust Award and a Structural Steel Award. It features eight aluminum sunshades.

Added amenities

Indoor Cricket Centre of Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Previously, this area was first inaugurated in 2000 by the Duke of Edinburgh, replacing an older indoor cricket school that was founded in 1956. It faces the Pershore Roadside of the field.

Eight net lanes for practicing indoor cricket or two six-a-side fields were found in the main hall, which measures 41 by 32 meters. Additionally, a bar with a patio holds a small store and offices for regional youth and Disabled cricket boards.

Visitor and Learning Centre

In 2011, a 300 m² interactive exhibit at the V and L Centre was inaugurated. It was found at Warwickshire Country Cricket Club’s South Stand. It included a five-minute film, audio and video recordings, and interactive displays showcasing cricket tactics.

In addition the Independent complimented the facility for its plain and approachable narration of the club’s history. As compared to the small museum at Lord’s. However, It closed in 2018 for business entertainment.

Library and Museum

It has the most significant, largest, and most traditional museum. Furthermore, In 2012, its library was inaugurated underneath the R.E.S. Wyatt Stand.

Colts’ Field

The practicing area is located on the east side of the river Rea. So it is present on the rear of Eric Hollies stand.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground
Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Notable Events Timeline

1886-2011

1886Warwickshire played its first match at this place on June 7 against MCC, and 3000 people watched in 2 days.
18866,000 spectators watched the match between Australia and Warwickshire.
1902Rain forced a draw in the first Test match, which England won at this place. Australia then proceeded after England had bowled them out for 36 in the first innings.
1957Colin Cowdrey and Peter May played a partnership of 411 runs for England against the West Indies.
1973England’s women’s team won the inaugural WWC by defeating Australia by 92 runs.
1975ICC ODI group matches were held.
1979ICC ODI group matches were held.
1981England grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Ashes due to Ian Botham’s outstanding play.
1983ICC ODI group matches were held.
1994Brian Lara made the highest batting score of 501 in first-class cricket history against Durham.
1997In the debut senior limited-over game in England played under lights, Warwickshire defeated Somerset by 35 runs at Edgbaston.
1999In the World Cup semi-final, Australia and South Africa tied
2004Matcus Trescothick became the first player to score a century in both innings. He played against the West Indies.
2005Australia lost by only 2 runs in the second test of the Ashes.
2008With Smith scoring 154, South Africa won the series in England for the first time since 1965.
2011Cook scored 294 against India, making England the #1 test team. England made the highest innings score, i.e., 710/7.
Historical Events in 1886-2011

2012-2017

2012Tino Best’s 95-run score in the West Indies versus England was the third-highest Test partnership with Denesh Ramdin, marking a significant milestone in his career.
2013India defeated England by a razor-thin margin of 5 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy.
2014The sixth NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day was held at Edgbaston, and Birmingham Bears were declared champions there for the first time in Warwickshire history.
2015England scored their highest ODI score ever against New Zealand, i.e., 408. They achieved their biggest margin of victory, which is 210 runs.
2015McCullam scored the highest in English domestic T20 history. He scored the second-highest score in any T20 match against Derbyshire.
2016Roy and Hales made 256 runs in partnership against Sri Lanka. That was the highest chase run in ODI history. Furthermore, it was the highest partnership ever.
2017It co-hosted the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. During which it hosted five matches, including the semi-final between Bangladesh and India. The recorded attendance was 24,340.
2017The pink Dukes ball made its debut at Edgbaston, the site of England’s first Test match. At Edgbaston, England overcame the West Indies to win the 50th Test match.
Historical Events in 2012-2017

2018-2023

2018Jos Buttler hit the fastest T20 half-century in the history of England. As a result, England won by 28 runs over Australia.
2018It hosted the 1000th Test match between England and India. England won by 32 runs.
2019During the 2019 ICC World Cup
It served as the site for four group matches and the semi-final.
England reached the final by defeating Australia by eight wickets.
2019Due to Steven Smith’s century-scoring performance. Australia won the first Test match in the 2019 Ashes at Edgbaston.
2021After beating Somerset by 118 runs, Warwickshire won the Country Championship for the eighth time.
2022England defeated India with seven wickets. The final test match ended in a 2-2 series draw. England beat their own record for the highest score in a fourth inning to win.
2022The women’s T20 competition at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games was held in Edgbaston. In the final, Australia defeated India to win gold, while New Zealand took home bronze.
2022Will Smeed became the first player to score a century in the Hundred Competition for the Birmingham Phoenix against the Southern Brave at Edgbaston. He scored 101 on 49 balls.
2023Australia defeated England by two wickets in the inaugural Ashes Test match.
2023Australia won the women’s Ashes series in the first T-20, setting a record with 19,527 attendees and marking the first all-female grounds team match.
Historical Events in 2012-2017

Match Statistics

T20 Matches

Total Matches25
First Batting team Won16
First Bowling team Won9
Average Score in first Innings142
Average Score in second Innings124
Highest total Score221/5
Lowest total Score46/10
Highest Chased Score157/7
Lowest Defended Score126/6
T20 Stats

A total of 25 T20 international matches were played in the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Besides, the first batting teams won 16 matches, while the first bowling teams won 9 matches. On average, 142 runs are scored in the first inning. Later, the average score in the second inning is 124. The highest total score there is 221 runs on the loss of 5 wickets by England against Australia.

Whereas the lowest total score there was 46 for the loss of 10 wickets. Sri Lankan women had the lowest score against the South African team. The highest chased score was 157 runs on 7 wickets by Australian women against Indian women. England Women failed to chase the lowest score of 126 runs off six wickets against South Africa.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground
Edgbaston Cricket Ground

ODIs

Total Matches65
First Batting team Won27
First Bowling team Won31
Average Score in first Innings233
Average Score in second Innings188
Highest total Score408/9
Lowest total Score70/10
Highest Chased Score332/7
Lowest Defended Score129/7
ODI Stats

A total of 65 ODI matches were played at this stadium. Among them, 27 were won by the first batting teams. While 31 were won by the first bowling teams. 233 runs were the average score in the first inning. 188 runs were the average score in the second inning. England posted the highest total score of 408 with the loss of nine wickets against New Zealand.

However, Australia scored the minimum total of 70 runs with the loss of all wickets against England. England chased the highest score of 332 with the loss of 7 wickets against Pakistan. India could post the lowest score against England, which is 129 runs on the loss of 7 wickets.

Test Series

Total Matches57
First Batting team Won19
First Bowling team Won22
Average Score in first Innings308
Average Score in second Innings317
Average Score in third Innings243
Average Score in fourth Innings163
Highest total Score710/7
Lowest total Score30/10
Test Stats

Fifty-seven total test matches were played there. From them, the first batting teams won 19, while the first bowling teams won 22. Moreover, the average score in the first inning was 308, the average score in the second inning was 317, the average score in the third inning was 243, and the average score in the fourth inning was 163 runs.

he highest recorded total was England’s 710 runs with the loss of 7 wickets against India. The lowest total score was South Africa’s 30 runs with the loss of all wickets against England.

Highest Individual Score

In the test series

Alastair Cook made the highest score of 294 runs for England against India in August 2011.

For ODI’s

60 overs: Glenn Turner made 171 runs for New Zealand against East Africa in June 1975.

55 overs: Robin Smith made 167 runs for England against Australia in May 1993.

50 overs; Andrew Strauss made 154 runs for England against Bangladesh in July 2010.

For T20I

Aaron Finch made 84 runs for Australia against England in June 2018.

Best Bowling Records

For Test Matches

Match: Fred Trueman took 12 wickets for 119 runs for England against the West Indies in July 1963.

Innings: Wilfred Rhodes took 7 wickets for 17 runs for England against Australia in May 1902.

For ODI matches

Shahid Afridi took 5 wickets for 11 runs for Pakistan against Kenya in September 2004.

For T20I

Saeed Ajmal took three wickets for 26 runs for Pakistan against Australia in July 2010.

Maximum Partnership

Test: Colin Cowdrey and Peter May played a partnership of 411 runs for England against the West Indies in May 1957.

ODI: Alex Hales and Jason Roy played a partnership of 256 runs for England against Sri Lanka in June 2016.

T20I: Jason Roy and Jos Buttler played a partnership of 95 runs for England against Australia in June 2018.

Highest Scores

In tests, Alastair Cook scored 869 runs.

In ODIs, Rohit Sharma scored 447 runs.

Highest taken wickets

In Tests, James Anderson took 44 wickets. In ODIs, Dareen Gough took 21 Wickets.

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