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7 Best grounds for batting

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Modified 05 Feb 2019, 17:01 IST
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#7) Adelaide Oval (Australia)

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval has long been considered the best ground in Australia for batsmen. The flat pitch and short square boundaries mean its seen plenty of high-scoring matches.

The pitch at Adelaide is an oddity in that it has become more friendly for bowlers in recent years as it is currently the only ground in Australia to have successfully integrated a drop in pitch that provides a lively contest between bat and ball.

Yet no venue that has hosted over 50 Tests has a higher average per wicket than Adelaide's 35.49. Despite this, less than a quarter of games at the ground have drawn, which points to how it helps quick scoring.

This was seen in Australia's historic 2006 Ashes win. England had appeared to bounce back magnificently from defeat in the first Test, as they went to Adelaide and declared at 6/551 in the first innings. However, Australia fought back to limit England's first innings lead to just 38. England were then rolled for 129, and Australia marched home in the final session to claim an unlikely victory.

The quick scoring rates have even been witnessed in the handful of T20Is the ground has hosted, as the average economy rate at the venue in this format is 8.15. But the ground has long been a batting haven - the highest score it has ever seen is Don Bradman's unbeaten 299, all the way back in 1932.

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Published 05 Feb 2019, 17:01 IST
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