Edgbaston, Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM




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Capacity: 21,000

Floodlights : No

Ends : City End, Pavilion End

Home team : Warwickshire

Local time : GMT or GMT +0100


 
Tests ODIs T20s

- Played: 49
- Win by home side: 26
- Win by visitors: 8
- Win by neutral team: 0
- Win batting 1st: 15
- Win batting 2nd: 19
- Drawn: 15

- Played: 58
- Win by home side: 22
- Win by visitors: 13
- Win by neutral team: 16
- Win batting 1st: 24
- Win batting 2nd: 27
- Tied: 1
- No result: 5
- Played: 4
- Win by home side: 2
- Win by visitors: -
- Win by neutral team: 2
- Win batting 1st: 4
- Win batting 2nd: -
- Tied: -
- No result: -
Recent highest test totals:
- England 710/7 (2011)
- England 445/6d (2016)
- West Indies 426 (2012)
Recent highest ODI totals:
- England 408/9 (2015)
- England 347/7 (2010)
- England 328/7 (2009)
Recent highest T20 totals:
- England 180/7 (2014)
- India 177/5 (2014)
- Pakistan 167/8 (2010)
Highest individual score: 294 (Alastair Cook) Highest individual score: 171* (Glenn Turner) Highest individual score: 71 (Eoin Morgan)
Best bowling (innings): 7/17 (Wilfred Rhodes) Best bowling: 6/52 (Josh Hazlewood) Best bowling: 3/26 (Saeed Ajmal)
Best bowling (match): 12/119 (Fred Trueman)

Average S/R: 31.62 Average S/R: 28.32 Average S/R: 20.15
Average RpO: 2.95 Average RpO: 4.62 Average RpO: 8.47

Highest Individual Scores
294 - AN Cook (Eng)
285* - PBH May (Eng)
277 - GC Smith (SA)
274 - Zaheer Abbas (Pak)
215 - DI Gower (Eng)
171* - GM Turner (NZ)
167* - RA Smith (Eng)
154 - AJ Strauss (Eng)
133* - AD Hales (Eng)
129 - JC Buttler (Eng)
71 - EJG Morgan (Eng)
66
- V Kohli (Ind)
64
- Umar Akmal (Pak)
50- C Kieswetter (Eng)
41 - DA Warner (Aus)

Best Bowling Analysis
7/17 - W Rhodes (Eng)
7/44 - FS Trueman (Eng)
7/49 - S Ramadhin (WI)
7/50 - CM Old (Eng)
7/52 - Imran Khan (Pak)
6/52 - JR Hazlewood (Aus)
5/11
- Shahid Afridi (Pak)
5/18 - GC Cosier (Aus)
5/20 - GS Chappell (Aus)
5/21 - AG Hurst (Aus)
3/26 - Saeed Ajmal (Pak)
3/27- Mohammad Amir (Pak)
3/27 - Mohammad Amir (Pak)
3/29 - SNJ O'Keefe (Aus)
3/30 - DP Nannes (Aus)

Record Partnerships
1st - 338 - GC Smith/HH Gibbs (SA)
2nd - 331 - RT Robinson/DI Gower (Eng)
3rd - 227 - AJ Stewart/RA Smith (Eng)
4th - 411 - PBH May/MC Cowdrey (Eng)
5th - 185 - MJ Clarke/MJ North (Aus)
6th - 190 - OG Smith/FMM Worrell (WI)
7th - 159 - APE Knott/P Lever (Eng)
8th - 115 - Zulqarnain Haider/Saeed Ajmal (Pak)
9th - 150 - EAE Baptiste/MA Holding (WI)
10th - 143 - D Ramdin/TL Best (WI)
1st - 256* - JJ Roy/AD Hales (Eng)
2nd - 250 - AJ Strauss/IJL Trott (Eng)
3rd - 175 - S Chanderpaul/MN Samuels (WI)
4th - 168 - ME Waugh/AR Border (Aus)
5th - 142 - RA Smith/GP Thorpe (Eng)
6th - 65 - AR Border/SP O'Donnell (Aus)
7th - 177 - JC Buttler/AU Rashid (Eng)
8th - 71 - M van Jaarsveld/PR Adams (SA)
9th - 55 - KM Curran/PWE Rawson (Zim)
10th - 64* - DL Murray/AME Roberts (WI)
1st - 26 - JJ Roy/AD Hales (Eng)
2nd - 79 - S Dhawan/V Kohli (Ind)
3rd - 52 - DA Warner/DJ Hussey (Aus)
4th - 50 - JR Hopes/DJ Hussey (Aus)
5th - 51 - Shoaib Malik/Umar Akmal (Pak)
6th - 39 - Umar Akmal/Abdul Razzak (Pak)
7th - 16 - Umar Akmal/Mohammad Amir (Pak)
8th - 14 - Mohammad Amir/Umar Gul (Pak)
9th - 8 - Mohammad Amir/Shoai Akhtar (Pak)
10th - 12 - DP Nannes/SW Tait (Aus)

Early history

The land that now makes up Edgbaston Cricket Ground was originally owned by the Calthorpe Estate, who have now sold the site onto Wylam Investments (Edgbaston Holdings) on a long lease. Calthorpe Estates had developed the manor of Edgbaston into an exclusive Birmingham suburb over the course of the 19th century, and believed that a cricket ground would be an asset that would add to the genteel image of the area.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club had considered Rugby and Leamington Spa for their headquarters, but club secretary William Ansell believed that Birmingham's large population and comprehensive railway connections made it preferable – envisaging first-class status for the county and test status for the ground.

The club had initially favoured the Wycliffe Ground on Pershore Road, but were instead offered a 12-acre "meadow of rough grazing land" in an undeveloped area on the banks of the River Rea by the Calthorpe Estate – the less attractive development land having more to gain from association with the cricket ground.

With the site only 20 minutes' walk from New Street Station, Warwickshire agreed in 1885 to lease the land for £5 per acre over a 21-year period. A further £1,250 was spent on draining and enclosing the site and building a wooden pavilion. The new ground's first match took place on 7 June 1886 against the MCC, watched by 3,000 spectators over two days, with 6,000 turning out on 9 and 10 August to watch Warwickshire play Australia.

Edgbaston's first test match was the first in The Ashes series against Australia in 1902, for which the club erected a permanent stand, two temporary stands and facilities for 90 members of the press.These developments cost a total of £1,500, however, and Warwickshire's share of the tour funds was only £750.

Development

The first piece of development in the post-war era was the construction of the Rea Bank and the Thwaite Memorial Scoreboard in 1950. In 1956 an Indoor Cricket School was buil and the Pavilion Suite was completed in the same year. By the time the William Ansell Stand opened in 1967 the facilities at Edgbaston were considered to rival those at Lord's.

In 1989 executive boxes were added to the rear of the Priory and Raglan Stands and the Sidney Barnes Stand was reconstructed and enlarged, expanding the ground capacity of 17,500.

In July 1997, Edgbaston was the scene of the first competitive floodlit day-night cricket match in Britain.The pavilion end on the south side of the ground was completely redeveloped between 2010 and 2011 at a cost of £32 million, partly paid for from a £20 million loan from Birmingham City Council, bringing the ground's capacity up to 25,000. Demolition of the pavilion – parts of which dated back to the 1890s – and the Leslie Deakins, R. V. Ryder and William Ansell Stands took place in January 2010, with construction of the new South and West Stands starting in April 2010 and reaching completion 66 weeks later. Five permanent floodlight pylons were erected around the ground at the same time, allowing up to 15 days of day-night cricket annually. The new development was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 25 July 2011. The first test match to be played at the redeveloped venue was the third Test vs India on 10 August 2011, which saw England reach the number 1 position in the ICC Test Championship for the first time with victory by an innings and 242 runs on the fourth day of the match.

Edgbaston is considered to be one of England's leading cricket grounds. Wisden's guide to cricket grounds in 1992 commented that "Lord's is really its only superior in the United Kingdom" with The Daily Telegraph agreeing in 2009 that "taken all in all, it is now the best ground outside Lord's." After the opening of the new South and West Stands in 2011 the England and Wales Cricket Board commented that "the spacious facilities are cutting edge, marginally better than the Home of Cricket".

The atmosphere at Edgbaston is reputed to be the most hostile in England for visiting teams. Former England captain Alec Stewart recalled "On a world level I would put it up there with Eden Gardens in Calcutta, which holds about 100,000. It inspires a team. It's like having another man in your side." and the former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones describes how "The crowd here makes such a big noise when you are doing well ... it's a unique environment."

The record attendance at a County Championship match at Edgbaston is 28,000 against Lancashire in the championship-winning season of 1951, and the record for a single day of a test match is 32,000 against the West Indies in 1957.

For some years until 2000, Edgbaston had a distinctive motorized rain cover system, known as the Brumbrella.

As at August 16, 2017