Adelaide Cricket Ground, the Adelaide test, second stop on the 2017 Ashes tour, takes to the crease in December. The scene has been set at the Gabba, who will be inspired here in the ‘city of churches’?
The Adelaide Oval has been home to cricket in South Australia since 1871. In that time it has witnessed Bradman’s 299, Bowie in concert and the nadir of the Bodyline series. Nestling against a city skyline backdrop, the Adelaide Oval is one of the world’s most picturesque cricket grounds.
Central to its charm is the Adelaide Oval Scoreboard, still manually operated and complete with clock and weather vane. The ground is having a facelift in 2012, with extra capacity being added for AFL games and the World Cup, but should retain its unique character. Of note – England ran riot here in 2010 to go one up in the Series.
From the Adelaide Ashes archive
Bodyline’s body blows
‘There are two teams out there. One is trying to play cricket and the other is not.’ The sound and fury of 1931-32’s Bodyline series reached its peak as Larwood felled Woodfull in Adelaide. Intimidating or inspired? Douglas Jardine’s tactics opened wounds on the pitch and in Anglo-Australian relations.
Swann on song
It was a hammer blow to Aussie hopes and another defining moment of the 2010-11 Ashes series. Graham Swann’s 5 for 91 confirmed his place as the world’s leading spin bowler. It also consigned the Australians to an innings and 71 run defeat and the Ashes were in sight.
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