Sydney Cricket Ground, the champagne corks have popped and the party’s a distant memory. When you reach Sydney, you’ll either be celebrating an England Ashes victory, the advent of 2014 or perhaps both. The SCG hosts the final test of Ashes 2017-18.
From a swamp to a rubbish dump to a stadium with style, Sydney Cricket Ground has evolved into a place of sporting wonder. As well as hosting international cricket, it’s home to top-flight AFL team, the Sydney Swans. The ground holds 46,000 spectators with plans to accommodate more by the time of the 2015 World Cup.
For many years an Englishman held the record for highest innings but Reg Foster’s 1903 knock of 287 was dwarfed in 2012. Michael Clarke was partnered, first by Ricky Ponting then Michael Hussey, to 329 not out and an impregnable 659-4 against India. It’s a tough total but can an English cricketer reclaim the record?
Testing moments in Sydney
The perfect Googly search is over
Not only was he the father of newsreader Reginald, but Bernard Bosanquet was also the man behind cricket’s most mysterious delivery. His unpredictable technique totally outfoxed the Aussies in Sydney’s 1903 test. Bosanquet’s newsworthy googly accounted for six of Australia’s second-innings wickets in under an hour’s play.
Snow terrorises Sydney
In 1970-71, the Ashes took a decidedly chilly turn. John Snow’s uncompromising lifting deliveries decimate the opposition. After almost scalping Terry Jenner in Sydney he’s sent to fine-leg. A disgruntled spectator leans over the barriers and grabs his shirt. Cue England’s withdrawal from the field.9360 6601