Cricket in Port Elizabeth: an abundance of history and music
From December 26-30, St George’s Park will host the second Test between South Africa and the West Indies. This is a fantastic time of year to be in Port Elizabeth, so make sure you book your trip and your tickets as soon as possible.
The fourth one-day international (ODI) between the two teams will also be played at St George’s Park, on January 25, 2015.
St George’s Park is the sixth-oldest cricket ground in the world and was the first ground outside England and Australia to host an international cricket match. This ground also hosted South Africa's first rugby Test, in 1891. Today, the ground is famous for the brass band that plays here during international fixtures, as well as for the friendly atmosphere.
St George's Park has a capacity of 19 000 and is a short distance from Port Elizabeth's airport, beachfront and accommodation options.
In 1969, St George’s Park hosted South Africa’s last Test match before its 21-year isolation from international sport, and in 1992, hosted the second ODI match in South Africa’s return series against India.
According to ESPN CricInfo, only three of the 25 Tests played at this ground have ended in a draw, with South Africa winning 10 matches. In the recent series against Australia, South Africa won their only match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Some St George’s Park international cricket records, courtesy of ESPN CricInfo:
Highest Test team total: 549/7 – Australia, 1950
Highest ODI team total: 335/6 – Pakistan, 2002
Highest T20 team total: 179/6 – South Africa, 2012 vs New Zealand
Highest individual Test score: 196 – Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), 2001 vs India
Highest ODI score: 135 - Saleem Elahi (Pakistan), 2002
Highest T20 score: 68 – Henry Davids (South Africa), 2012 vs New Zealand
Best Test bowling: 8/7 – George Lohmann (England), 1896
Best ODI bowling: 7/20 – Andrew Bichel (Australia) vs England, 2003
Best T20 bowling: 4/9 – Dale Steyn (South Africa) vs West Indies, 2007
Most Test runs: 617 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Most ODI runs: 620 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Most T20 runs: 68 – Henry Davids (South Africa)
Most Test wickets: 40 – Allan Donald (South Africa)
Most ODI wickets: 20 – Shaun Pollock (South Africa)
Most T20 wickets: 4 – Dale Steyn (South Africa)
Catch the Chevrolet Warriors in action
The Chevrolet Warriors regularly play four-day and limited overs matches at St George’s Park, so see the team website for fixtures if you are going to be in Port Elizabeth during the cricket season.
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