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Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a well-known sports venue in Sydney, Australia. It’s a historic cricket and Australian rules football stadium located in Moore Park.

The SCG has hosted numerous international cricket matches and other sporting events.

Sydney Cricket Ground is owned and operated by venues North South Wales (NSW).

An agency of the Government of New South wales who also hold responsibility for Stadium Australia and the Sydney Football Stadium.

Austadium Ground Information

  
LocationMoore park, Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates33°53′30″S 151°13′29″E
Establishment1848, 175 years ago
OperatorVenue, NSW
Capacity48000
OwnerGovernment of New South Wales
End NamesPaddington End (Northern End)
Highest crowd since 200346,323 – 09/09/17: AFL Finals: Sydney Swans v Essendon
LightYes
Arena roofNo
FloodlightYes
Video screenYes
Area dimensions155×136m
Redeveloped2013
Sports playedCricket Australian Football Rugby League 
Home TeamsTeams Sydney Swans (AFL) NSW Blues Sydney Roosters (NRL) Sydney Sixers (BBL) NSW Waratahs (Super Rugby)  
Annual EventsNew Years Test match
Historic Event2015 Cricket World Cup 2022 T20 World Cup
Last Event12/08/23: AFL: Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns 
Next Event27/08/23: AFL: Sydney Swans v Melbourne
Stadium Information
Sydney Stadium

History

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a well-known sports venue in Sydney, Australia. It’s a historic cricket and Australian rules football stadium located in Moore Park. The SCG has hosted numerous international cricket matches and other sporting events.

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1848. It’s one of the oldest and most iconic sporting venues in Australia.

The SCG’s history is intertwined with the development of cricket in Australia and the growth of the city of Sydney. It has been the venue for numerous historic cricket matches, including both domestic and international games. The ground has witnessed many memorable moments, such as Don Bradman’s final Test match appearance in 1948.

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has also hosted Australian rules football matches, rugby matches, soccer games, and even concerts. It has been a significant part of Sydney’s cultural and sporting landscape for generation.

In 1875, the New South Wales (NSW) Government began to upgrade the ground.

Despite efforts by Victoria Barracks and then the Carlingford, Redfern, Fitzroy and Albert cricket clubs to take control, the then president of the NSWCA, Richard Driver (after whom Driver Avenue outside the ground is named), persuaded the government to let the NSWCA look after the ground’s administration.

In 1876, the ground was dedicated by Governor Sir Hercules Robinson.

During the 1920s, and 1930s crowds packed into the SCG to see Don Bradman play for New South Wales and Australia. Many of the huge gate takings that Bradman brought in for the NSWCA were spent on developing the ground.

A large new stand was built at the northern end in two stages. It replaced the Northern Stand and was intended to also replace the Members’ and Ladies’ Stands.

  • The first stage, begun while Bradman was still playing for New South Wales, was opened in 1936 at a cost of £90,000 and named the ‘M.A. Noble Stand’ after the great Australian captain Monty Noble.
  • The second stage, completed in 1973 at a cost of $2 million, was named the Bradman Stand after the great man himself.
Ground View

Stands

In its present configuration, the SCG is a playing field surrounded by a collection of separate grandstand structures. From the northern end, clockwise, they are:

M.A Noble, Bradman and Dally Messenger stands:

The largest structure at the ground, was constructed in 2013–2014, although hosting three named ‘stands’ is one integrated grandstand. The stand contains corporate boxes, media facilities and members seating for SCG (formerly SCG Trust) members and in the winter is shared with eligible Swans members as well as public reserved seating in the Bradman and Messenger stands

The Dally Messenger Stand is also home to the main video screen for the ground. The new stand replaced the older Noble and Bradman stands in the same location.

Bill O’Reilly Stand (previously named Pat Hills Stand) Constructed 1984, with corporate boxes and public reserved seating.

Victor Trumper Stand Constructed in 2007–2008, replaced Yabba’s Hill and Doug Walters Stand, with corporate boxes and public reserved seating.

Clive Churchill Stand Constructed 1986, with corporate boxes and public reserved seating. It also housed the Sydney Swans training and administration facilities before those were moved to the Royal Hall of Industries Building in the former Sydney Showground precinct in 2023.

Brewongle Stand

Constructed 1980 with corporate boxes, media facilities and public reserved seating. It was previously thought that the stand was named after the aboriginal word for “camping place”. However the stand was named after a tea room at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ladies’ Pavilion

Constructed 1896, originally for female-only members’ seating; also used for general public admission during events with low attendance. Now general members seating. Referred to as the Jane Mcgrath Stand on day three of the annual Sydney Test, also known as Mcgrath Day or Pink day.

Members’ Pavilion

A cast iron, brick and corrugated iron structure with clock tower constructed in 1878 for SCG Members’ seating, housing dressing rooms used by Australian and New South Wales cricket teams and visiting cricket teams. Extensions were made to the pavilion in 1903.

Boundary dimensions

Boundary dimensions in meters:

Boundary  1  2  3   4
Straight 79 76  X  X
Square (D) 70 65  X  X
Square(InD) 72 76  74  68
Boundary Dimensions

SCG has long straight boundaries and short square boundaries.

The pace bowlers to keep it full and vary their pace, and batters to try to mow anything that errs in length over square boundaries, especially if the bowler is bowling from the Paddington End (Northern End), which has the longest boundary to defend (79m).

Batting and Bowling Leaders

Only players part of the World Cup have been considered;

Batters

In T20s:

Aaron Finch 166 (83/148), Matthew Wade 157 (78/162)

In T20Is:

Virat Kohli 186 (93/148), Matthew Wade 155 (52/165), G Maxwell 151 (30-142)

Bowlers

In T20s: None

In T20Is:

Adam Zampa 8W (22/6.9), Josh Hazlewood 7W (5/4.2), Wanindu Hasaranga 5W (14/8.9)

Test Records

Most Career runs (Australia)

RunsPlayersPeriod
1,480 (27 innings)Ricky Ponting1996-2012
1,177 (29 innings)Allan Border1979-1994
1,150 (22 innings)Greg Chappell1971-1984
1,127 (21 innings)David Boon1984-1995
1,084 (25 innings)Steve Waugh1986-2004
Most Career Runs of Australians

Most Career Runs (non-Australia)

RunsPlayersPeriod
808 (7 innings)Wally Hammond1928-1946
785 (9 innings)Sachin Tendulkar1992-2012
654 (15 innings)Jack Hobes1908-1928
569 (11 innings)David Gower1979-1991
549 (7 innings)VVS Laxman2000-2012
Career Runs of Non. Australians

Seating Capacity

Current Seating capacity (2023): 48,000 — with the addition of new grandstands, removal of the Hill and standing only areas, the capacity of the SCG has reduced by around 30,000 fewer than the record attendance figure.

Largest rugby league match attendance: 78,056 (1965 Grand Final St George v South Sydney, 18 September 1965)

Largest cricket match attendance: 58,446 (Day 2, Second Test, Australia v England, 15 December 1928)

Largest association football (soccer) match attendance: 51,566 (NSW v Everton, 2 May 1964)

Largest rugby union match attendance: 49,327 (NSW v New Zealand, 13 July 1907)

Largest Australian rules football match attendance: 46,323 (Sydney v Essendon, 9 September 2017)

Largest concert attendance: 45,191 (WaveAid benefit concert, 29 January 2005)

Largest Big Bash League attendance: 39,756 (Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, 14 January 2017)

Statistics of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

STATS – TESTS

Total matches112
Matches won batting first47
Matches won bowling first41
Average 1st innings scores319
Average 2nd innings scores312
Average 3rd innings scores251
Average 4th innings scores    171
Highest total recorded705/7 (187.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest total recorded42/10 (37.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Test Stats

STATS – ODI

Total matches167
Matches won batting first95
Matches won bowling first64
Average 1st Inns Scores223
Average 2nd Inns Scores189
Highest total recorded408/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs WI
Lowest total recorded101/9 (30 Ov) by AUS vs WI
Highest score chased334/8 (49.2 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest score defended101/9 (30 Ov) by AUS vs WI STATS – T20
ODI Stats

STATS – T20

Total matches21
Matches won batting first12
Matches won bowling first8
Average 1st Inns scores160
Average 2nd Inns scores130
Highest total recorded221/5 (20 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded134/5 (20 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAW
Highest total chased200/3 (20 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest total defended101/10 (16.3 Ov) by BAN vs RSA
T20 Stats

Memorable Events of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has been the site of many memorable events throughout its history. Here are a few notable ones:

First Test Match:

The SCG hosted its first Test match in 1882 when Australia played against England. This marked the beginning of a longstanding cricket tradition at the venue.

Don Bradman’s Final Innings:

In 1948, cricket legend Don Bradman played his final Test innings at the SCG. Needing just four runs to maintain a Test batting average of 100, he was dismissed for a duck, leaving his average at 99.94.

2003 ICC Cricket World Cup Final: The SCG was the venue for the final match of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup between Australia and India. Australia emerged victorious, securing their third World Cup title.

Sydney Ashes Test 2007:

The SCG hosted a memorable Ashes Test match in 2007, which marked the 100th Test played at the venue. It was also Adam Gilchrist’s final Test match.

Steve Waugh’s Last Ball Century:

In 2003, Steve Waugh, the former Australian captain, scored a century off the last ball of his international cricket career during a Test match against England at the SCG.

Pink Test:

Since 2009, the SCG has been hosting an annual Pink Test match to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. The entire venue is bathed in pink, and players wear pink accessories.

Women’s Cricket World Cup Final 2009: The SCG hosted the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2009, where England defeated New Zealand to win the championship.

2014 Australia vs. India Test Series: During the 2014 Test series between Australia and India, Virat Kohli scored four centuries in four innings at the SCG, showcasing his exceptional batting skills.

These are just a few of the many memorable events that have taken place at the Sydney Cricket Ground over the years.

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