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WACA Ground

WACA Ground is a stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The stadium’s name is derived from the letters of the club’s owner’s .Also, operators the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA).

Further, The WACA has been known as Western Australia’s “home of cricket”. Since, the early 1890s, and Test cricket has been played at the venue since the 1970-71 season. The Western Warriors, Western Australia’s first-class cricket team. And the Western Fury, the state’s Women’s National Cricket League team, play at the ground.

However, the Perth Scorchers, a Big Bash League franchise, played their home games at the stadium until 2019. Hence, The Scorchers and the Australian national team have moved most of their games to the neighboring Perth Stadium, which seats 60,000.

WACA Ground information

Full NameWestern Australia Cricket Association Ground
LocationEast Perth, Western Australia
Established On1890 (134 years ago)
PitchGrass
Capacity18,000
End namesMembers End, Prindiville Stand End
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WACA Ground Pitch

The WACA pitch is recognized as one of the world’s fastest and most bouncy. Hence, these features, combined with the afternoon sea breezes that routinely flow across the field .Also, have historically made it an appealing location for pace and swing bowlers.

Further, the outfield is particularly fast, which contributes to the ground’s high scoring rate as of February 2016.Hence, four of the nine quickest Test hundreds were made at the WACA. In addition, the WACA has hosted 7 Test cricket scores of 99, the most of any ground worldwide.

Early history of WACA Ground

William Henry Wise, a gardener who arrived in WA from England in 1880. Also, constructed the first turf wicket at the WACA. Wise was the personal gardener for Sir George Shenton of Crawley. In addition to his work at the WACA Ground, he established the first tennis court on the Perth Esplanade.

Furthermore, The Western Australian Cricket Association was officially formed on November 25, 1885, under the presidency of JCH James. Hence, The WACA ground officially opened in 1893, on ancient swamp area to the east of the city. The land is leased to the association for 999 years which will end in 2888.

James Gardiner, president of the WACA for three years from 1897 to 1924. Also, recommended the implementation of ‘electorate’ cricket (as it was originally known). In which teams were formed on a district basis for competition. He also launched Country Week cricket, in which country teams compete against one another.

Therefore, in 1907, the Perth City Council threatened to take ownership of the WACA grounds in order to recover debts. Gardiner spearheaded the effort to save the ground, securing a government financing. Further, financial troubles prompted Gardiner to gather finances and gifts through a cricket match featuring the Australian XI squad in 1912.

Ground expansions

WACA scoreboard at its debut in December 1953.The WACA Scoreboard for 2015. The WACA stadium, like many others of its age, has undergone numerous renovations. The most noteworthy are:

  • The first grandstand, built in 1895, seats 500 people and includes dressing rooms, a dining room, baths, members’ rooms, and bars.
  • The Farley Stand was dedicated in 1931 in honor of W.J. Farley served as the association’s president from 1915-1916 to 1916-17, and secretary from 1917-1918 to 1928-1929.
  • In 1948, a storm destroyed the WACA’s scoreboard. The North West Murchison Cricket Association donated funds for the construction of a replacement scoreboard in 1954. This now-iconic scoreboard remains operational.

Further, the scoreboard, seating in the remaining grandstands, and playing arena dimensions were all reduced by 31 meters. Hence, at the eastern and western bounds, preventing Australian Rules football from being played at the ground. Temporary stands are occasionally used to expand the ground’s capacity to 24,500.

While, in 2013, a new video screen was constructed at the WACA near the old scoreboard to replace one of the old temporary screens.

Cricket Museum

The WACA contains a cricket museum right close to the stadium. Visitors can view Australian cricket artifacts. However, they show not only the history of cricket, but also other sports practiced at the WACA.

WACA Ground Test matches

Total matches46
Matches won batting first19
Matches won bowling first18
Average 1st Inns scores326
Average 2nd Inns scores321
Average 3rd Inns scores289
Average 4th Inns scores202
Highest total recorded735/6 (146.3 Overs) By AUS vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded62/10 (21.2 Overs) By PAK vs AUS  
Highest score chased414/4 (119.2 Overs) By RSA vs AUS
Lowest score defended123/10 (48.1 Overs) By AUSW vs ENGW
Test Match

WACA Ground ODI matches

Total matches86
Matches won batting first43
Matches won bowling first42
Average 1st Inns scores221
Average 2nd Inns scores192
Highest total recorded417/6 (50 Overs) By AUS vs AFG
Lowest total recorded70/10 (23.5 Overs) By AUS vs WI
Highest score chased310/5 (49.2 Overs) By AUS vs IND
Lowest score defended162/10 (47.4 Overs) By NZ vs IND
ODI Match

 

WACA Ground T20 matches

Total matches7
Matches won batting first2
Matches won bowling first5
Average 1st Inns scores130
Average 2nd Inns scores121
Highest total recorded186/6 (20 Overs) By NZ vs AUS
Lowest total recorded132/10 (18.3 Overs) By AUS vs NZ
Highest score chased135/3 (16.3 Overs) By AUS vs SL
Lowest score defended142/6 (20 Overs) By INDW vs BANW
T20 Match

FAQs

  1. What does WACA stand for?

The stadium’s name is derived from the letters of its owners and operators. The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA).

  • Who performs at the WACA?

The Western Australian Cricket Association plays its home games at the WACA Ground. Hence, which was previously the venue for international and domestic cricket in Perth before the building of Perth Stadium. The arena is currently being renovated and reduced in size.

  • What is the WACA’s capacity?

WACA Ground will be lowered to a 10,000-capacity facility with an additional 15,000 capacity for event

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