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The Oval Stadium

The Oval, also known as Kia Oval for sponsorship reasons, is an international cricket stadium located in Kennington, South of London. This stadium has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club (Surrey CCC) since it was opened in the year 1845.


The owner and operator of the ground, Surrey CCC, is currently working up on development plans that would be completed for the Ashes in 2023. This would make the Kia Oval the largest cricket stadium in the UK with a capacity of 40,000. Presently, the ground has a capacity of 25,500.


The Oval Stadium


History


The Oval ground was built on part of the former Kennington Common, a large area of common land which was notable for being one of the earliest venues for cricket within London.


In 1844, the site of the Kennington Oval was a market garden owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, one of the two royal Duchies in England. On 10th of March 1845, the Duchy leased the land for the purpose of a cricket ground.


In the year of 1868, about 20,000 spectators gathered at The Oval for the first game of the Aboriginal cricket tour of England.


Oval hosted the first Test match in England in 1880 between the teams of the England and Australia, and hence, became the second ground to stage a Test, after the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 1884, Australia’s Billy Murdoch became the first cricketer to score a test double century.


The first One Day International match at this venue was played on 7th September 1973 between England and West Indies. The stadium has hosted matches of the 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1999 World Cups. It has also hosted five of the fifteen matches in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, including the finals.


Major Matches


The ground hosted its hundredth Test match, against South Africa, on 27th of July, 2017. Thereby, it become the fourth Test venue after the Lord's Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground to do so.


In the same match, the English cricketer Moeen Ali became the first ever player to take a Test hat-trick on the ground, bowling out South Africa in the second innings to win the match.


The highest team score in a Test match held at the stadium ground is 903/7 by England team against Australia in August 1938.


Recent Matches


The last test match that was held at the stadium was from 27th to 31st of July 2017 between England and South Africa.


The last ODI held at the ground was between England and West Indies on 27th of September 2017.


"It wouldn't surprise me to see 400 being scored" - Michael Vaughan on England's power-packed batting line-up in ODIs vs India
"It wouldn't surprise me to see 400 being scored" - Michael Vaughan on England's power-packed batting line-up in ODIs vs India

"It wouldn't surprise me to see 400 being scored" - Michael Vaughan on England's power-packed batting line-up in ODIs vs India

“That performance on the final day a big tick for Kohli’s captaincy” - David Gower hails Indian skipper for Oval triumph 
“That performance on the final day a big tick for Kohli’s captaincy” - David Gower hails Indian skipper for Oval triumph 

“That performance on the final day a big tick for Kohli’s captaincy” - David Gower hails Indian skipper for Oval triumph 

“Somehow I had the belief that we would win even without Ravi Ashwin" - Farokh Engineer 
“Somehow I had the belief that we would win even without Ravi Ashwin" - Farokh Engineer 

“Somehow I had the belief that we would win even without Ravi Ashwin" - Farokh Engineer 

"He is a much better batter than what he has shown in this series" - Deep Dasgupta wants Rishabh Pant to trust his defense
"He is a much better batter than what he has shown in this series" - Deep Dasgupta wants Rishabh Pant to trust his defense

"He is a much better batter than what he has shown in this series" - Deep Dasgupta wants Rishabh Pant to trust his defense

“Have never seen anyone bowl the yorker better than Jasprit Bumrah” - Danish Kaneria in awe of Team India pacer
“Have never seen anyone bowl the yorker better than Jasprit Bumrah” - Danish Kaneria in awe of Team India pacer

“Have never seen anyone bowl the yorker better than Jasprit Bumrah” - Danish Kaneria in awe of Team India pacer

“Virat Kohli’s captaincy was outstanding; he read the game situation very well” - Kamran Akmal hails Team India captain
“Virat Kohli’s captaincy was outstanding; he read the game situation very well” - Kamran Akmal hails Team India captain

“Virat Kohli’s captaincy was outstanding; he read the game situation very well” - Kamran Akmal hails Team India captain

“This game was blown up by 6 overs of brilliance by Jasprit Bumrah” - Steve Harmison hails Team India speedster 
“This game was blown up by 6 overs of brilliance by Jasprit Bumrah” - Steve Harmison hails Team India speedster 

“This game was blown up by 6 overs of brilliance by Jasprit Bumrah” - Steve Harmison hails Team India speedster 

“The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind” – Rohit Sharma after the Oval win
“The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind” – Rohit Sharma after the Oval win

“The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind” – Rohit Sharma after the Oval win

IND vs ENG 2021 The Oval Test Day 5: Team India bowlers sizzle as visitors go 2-1 up 
IND vs ENG 2021 The Oval Test Day 5: Team India bowlers sizzle as visitors go 2-1 up 

IND vs ENG 2021 The Oval Test Day 5: Team India bowlers sizzle as visitors go 2-1 up 

IND vs ENG 2021: ICC World Test Championship points table (Updated) as on September 6
IND vs ENG 2021: ICC World Test Championship points table (Updated) as on September 6

IND vs ENG 2021: ICC World Test Championship points table (Updated) as on September 6

IND vs ENG 2021: [Watch] Ravindra Jadeja castles well-set Haseeb Hameed with a ripper
IND vs ENG 2021: [Watch] Ravindra Jadeja castles well-set Haseeb Hameed with a ripper

IND vs ENG 2021: [Watch] Ravindra Jadeja castles well-set Haseeb Hameed with a ripper

IND vs ENG 2021: Top-three successful run-chases in Tests at the Oval
IND vs ENG 2021: Top-three successful run-chases in Tests at the Oval

IND vs ENG 2021: Top-three successful run-chases in Tests at the Oval

"Shardul Thakur is emerging as a batting all-rounder, but he cannot be the third pacer in the side" - Saba Karim
"Shardul Thakur is emerging as a batting all-rounder, but he cannot be the third pacer in the side" - Saba Karim

"Shardul Thakur is emerging as a batting all-rounder, but he cannot be the third pacer in the side" - Saba Karim

IND vs ENG 2021: What is the highest successful run chase in Test cricket at The Oval?
IND vs ENG 2021: What is the highest successful run chase in Test cricket at The Oval?

IND vs ENG 2021: What is the highest successful run chase in Test cricket at The Oval?

"Ravindra Jadeja is the biggest threat on The Oval wicket"- Moeen Ali
"Ravindra Jadeja is the biggest threat on The Oval wicket"- Moeen Ali

"Ravindra Jadeja is the biggest threat on The Oval wicket"- Moeen Ali

“Some people have the ability to lift their game on the big stage” - Salman Butt on Shardul Thakur’s poor first-class batting average 
“Some people have the ability to lift their game on the big stage” - Salman Butt on Shardul Thakur’s poor first-class batting average 

“Some people have the ability to lift their game on the big stage” - Salman Butt on Shardul Thakur’s poor first-class batting average 

“There was no venom in India’s bowling, Jadeja did not consistently hit the patches” - Salman Butt
“There was no venom in India’s bowling, Jadeja did not consistently hit the patches” - Salman Butt

“There was no venom in India’s bowling, Jadeja did not consistently hit the patches” - Salman Butt

"I think England were absolutely delighted to see Ajinkya Rahane once again" - Michael Vaughan feels India have given Rahane too many chances
"I think England were absolutely delighted to see Ajinkya Rahane once again" - Michael Vaughan feels India have given Rahane too many chances

"I think England were absolutely delighted to see Ajinkya Rahane once again" - Michael Vaughan feels India have given Rahane too many chances

"This team has done some special things over the past few years" - Chris Woakes optimistic of England win on Day 5 of Oval Test
"This team has done some special things over the past few years" - Chris Woakes optimistic of England win on Day 5 of Oval Test

"This team has done some special things over the past few years" - Chris Woakes optimistic of England win on Day 5 of Oval Test

"I was mystified by Joe Root’s tactics"- Nasser Hussain on England captain's decision to not bowl Moeen Ali in the second session on Day 4
"I was mystified by Joe Root’s tactics"- Nasser Hussain on England captain's decision to not bowl Moeen Ali in the second session on Day 4

"I was mystified by Joe Root’s tactics"- Nasser Hussain on England captain's decision to not bowl Moeen Ali in the second session on Day 4

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