Cricket Grounds in South Africa
Arguably the most beautiful cricket ground in the world. With Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak offering the perfect back drop, Newlands has a seating capacity of 25,000. The ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs.
Nobody who was there will forget England’s fantastic rearguard in 2010 to save the Test with just one wicket in hand. Nor will they forget Ben Stokes’ brutal 258 or Johnny Bairstow’s maiden Test century in 2016
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
Established by British settlers who came to the Algoa Bay shores in 1820 wanting to play cricket in an open veld, St George’s Park hosted South Africa’s first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by 8 wickets. The Stadium is located in view of the ocean, and has a capacity of 19,000. The most recent Test played here by England was in 2004 when England won by 7 wickets, with Andrew Strauss scoring 126 and 94 not out.
Located in the suburb of Illovo, the Bullring, as Wanderers Stadium is known locally due to it’s intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams, has a seating capacity of 28,000. The first Test at the ground was in 1956 when England won by 131 runs. England won by 7 wickets in their last Test match played here in 2016, with Joe Root scoring a century and Stuart Broad taking 6-17 in the second innings to secure the series.
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Kingsmead was the venue of a famous ‘timeless Test’ between South Africa and England in 1939. The match lasted 12 days and was eventually called off as England’s boat was leaving for home! These days, the pitch conditions normally favour the seam bowlers with the theory being that the tide of the nearby ocean affects the atmospheric pressure. The ground has capacity for 25,000 spectators.