WC venue profile: WACA, Perth

2015 World Cup

 

Established: 1893
Capacity: 24,500
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Members End, Prindiville Stand End
Home Team: Western Australia
ODI History: 74 ODIs; 25 home wins; 47 away wins; 2 other

Overview

Built on old swamp land and home to many sports, including AFL, rugby union, rugby league and soccer, the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground was first put to use in the early 1890s.

Hosting its first Test in 1970, the WACA promptly became synonymous for its quick pitch, where some of Australia's greatest fast bowlers of the modern era – Glenn McGrath, Merv Hughes, Craig McDermott, Brett Lee – have enjoyed fine records.

2002 saw the ground redeveloped and its capacity reduced to make it more economically viable amid lack of investment. Fresh features to come with the makeover included a new small grandstand, players' pavilion, smaller playing area and replacements of some seats with grass embankments.

Weather-wise, Perth is renowned for its scorching conditions, tempered only by the Fremantle Doctor – a breeze which sweeps in along the Swan River.

Top ODI total: 343 for five by Australia vs New Zealand in 2007

Favours batting/bowling: Batting. You would think that the fastest, most bounciest pitch in the world would favour the bowlers but it seems the batsman revels when the ball comes quicker onto the bat. There has been a total 21 centuries scored in the 74 previous ODI's and only 12 five-wicket hauls.

Best ODI batsman: Dean Jones 545 in 12 innings, includes two centuries and three fifties. Jones averaged 49.54 at the ground at a strike-rate of 76.22.

Best ODI bowler: Wasim Akram 26 wickets in 12 matches. Akram's best bowling figures at the ground is four for 25. He had had an average of 14.42 and an economy rate of 3.45.

Fixtures: 

Sat Feb 28:  Pool B – India v United Arab Emirates
Wed Mar 4: Pool A – Australia v Afghanistan
Fri Mar 6: Pool B – India v West Indies

Most exciting match-up: Fri Mar 6: Pool B – India v West Indies

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