Pitch Report: 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – Headingley, Leeds

Pitch Report
Headingley Leeds generic general view 2017 PA

Headingley: Overview

Established: 1890
Capacity: 17000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Kirkstall Lane End, Football Stand End
Home Teams: Yorkshire, England

2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures:
June 21, 1030 BST/1500 IST: England v Sri Lanka
June 29, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Pakistan v Afghanistan
July 4, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Afghanistan v West Indies
July 6, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Sri Lanka v India

Significant and much-needed redevelopment has seen dramatic improvements at Headingley, with the new pavilion now joined by a brand new stand opposite at the Football Stand End.

Still, though, the thought remains that architecturally the ground has been left behind by Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and Edgbaston.

What Headingley does so often deliver, in all forms of the game, is great cricket. England may perhaps be disappointed to have only one game here given a superb overall ODI record in Leeds and an even better one in recent years.

Historical results here indicate a clear bias towards chasing rather than setting a target, while those who have won the toss and chose to bat first have fared particularly badly with just three wins from 14!

Another thing that does need to be noted is the struggles they have here if it rains. Three ODIs here in the last decade have been total write-offs.

Headingley: ODI statistics

Matches: 43
Won batting first: 14 (37%)
Won batting second: 24 (63%)
No result/abandoned: 5

Won toss: W17 L21 NR2
Won toss, batted: W3 L10 NR1
Won toss, fielded: W14 L11 NR1

Highest total: England 339/6 (50/50 overs) v South Africa, May 24 2017
Lowest total: England 92 (36.2/60 overs) v Australia, June 18 1975

300+ totals: 6

Runs per over: 4.56
Runs per wicket: 30.28

Headingley: Last 10 ODIs

July 17 2018: England (260/2, 44.3/50 overs) bt India (256/8, 50/50 overs) by eight wickets
May 24 2017: England (339/6, 50/50 overs) bt South Africa (267, 45/50 overs) by 72 runs
Sept 1 2016: England (252/6, 48/50 overs) bt Pakistan (247/8, 50/50 overs) by four wickets
Sept 11 2015: England (304/7, 48.2/50 overs) bt Australia (299/7, 50/50 overs) by three wickets
Sept 5 2014: England (294/7, 50/50 overs) bt India (253, 48.4/50 overs) by 41 runs
Sept 6 2013: England v Australia – match abandoned
June 22 2012: England v West Indies – match abandoned
July 1 2011: Sri Lanka (309/5, 50/50 overs) bt England (240, 45.5/50 overs) by 69 runs
Sept 12 2010: England (295/6, 49.3/50 overs) bt Pakistan (294/8, 50/50 overs) by four wickets
May 21 2009: England v West Indies – match abandoned

Headingley: ODI record by country

England: P47 W28 L17 NR2
Afghanistan: P0
Sri Lanka: P12 W5 L7
Pakistan: P11 W3 L7 NR1
West Indies: P13 W9 L4
India: P15 W5 L9 NR1

Headingley: Individual ODI stats

Centuries: 16
Five-wicket hauls: 6
Highest score: 152 (99), Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) v England, July 1 2006
Best bowling: 10-4-36-7, Waqar Younis (Pakistan) v England, June 17 2001