WC venue guide: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Established: 1873
Capacity: 32,500
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: City End, Cathedral End
Home Team: South Australia
ODI History: 78 ODIs; 32 home wins; 43 away wins; 3 other


Set among gardens and trees and with the spire of St Peter's Cathedral peeking over the grandstands, the Adelaide Oval has a strangely English feel for an Australian cricket ground.

Recent upgrades to the Oval, including a large new grandstand which is part of a redevelopment plan that will boost capacity to 50,000, have been carried out with due respect for the older stands and the famous scoreboard – and it remains one of cricket's most picturesque grounds.

The ground also hosts Australian Rules Football, archery, athletics, baseball, cycling, hockey, lacrosse and soccer, among other lesser sports.

Top ODI total: 339/4 by West Indies against Pakistan in 2005

Favours batting/bowling: Generally favours batting. The bowlers stats on this ground are not very good. Australian's Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath are the only ones with five-wicket hauls on the ground, while there have been a total 16 centuries scored at the venue.

Best ODI batsman: Michael Clarke 618 runs in 14 innings: In the 14 innings Australia skipper Michael Clarke has played here, he's racked up 618 runs. He averages 56.18, and part of that is thanks to the three tons and one fifty he's recorded.

Best ODI bowler: Brett Lee 23 wickets in 12 matches. Lee's 23 wickets included only one five-wicket haul and he had an economy rate of 4.31 with an average of 20.43


Sun Feb 15: Pool B – India v Pakistan
Mon Mar 9: Pool A – England v Bangladesh
Sun Mar 15: Pool B – Ireland v Pakistan
Fri Mar 20: 3rd Quarter-Final

Most exciting match-up: Sun Feb 15: Pool B – India v Pakistan