Sahara Oval, St George’s Park in Gqeberha
Strike up the band, the tourists are coming to town! If you think the Barmy Army can belt out a tune just wait for your brassy Port Elizabeth welcome. This ground has been in tune with many a memorable moment, witnessing a variety of cricketing history. It was the venue for South Africa’s first ever international test as well as the last and first matches bookending the country’s Apartheid exclusion. It was also the scene of (alleged) cricketing controversy when minnows Kenya thrashed mighty India by 70 runs in 2001. Totally revamped in 2003 for the World Cup, you’ll now find towering stands next to grassy embankments. It hosted the semi-finals during that contest and high-profile games including England versus Australia. Now South Africa await, backed by a chorus of vocal supporters.
Sing out for England! Make a note to be in Port Elizabeth for the clash against South Africa at the Sahara St George’s Park Oval.