Pitch Report: 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – The Oval, London
The Oval: Overview
Ends: Pavilion End, Vauxhall End
Home Teams: Surrey, England
2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures:
May 30, 1030 BST/1500 IST: England bt South Africa
June 2, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Bangladesh bt South Africa
June 5, 1330 BST/1800 IST: New Zealand bt Bangladesh
June 9, 1030 BST/1500 IST: India bt Australia
June 15, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Australia bt Sri Lanka
The Oval is a venue blessed with a rich sporting history, which includes playing host to the first Test match on English soil, a game in which WG Grace scored a century in England’s win against Australia in 1880. Significantly it was at The Oval that the legend of the Ashes was born and the great Sir Donald Bradman played his final Test innings at the ground.
Apart from cricket, the venue was also host to the first official international football match, as well as the first rugby international in England in the early 1870s. Another notable fixture was the first ever FA Cup final in 1872.
The venue was the birthplace of the Ashes and has since played host to some dramatic proceedings. From the 1968 Ashes Test when supporters pitched in to mop a sodden ground in time for Derek Underwood to bowl the Australians out to square the series, to Kevin Pietersen’s match-saving – and series-winning – 158 in 2005 against the same opposition, The Oval’s history is sparkled with magical moments and memories.
It too was the scene of Inzamam-ul-Haq and company’s defiant walk-off in 2006 after umpire Darrell Hair’s accusations broke the proverbial camel’s back.
A spectacular new stand to complement the huge pavilion has made for a more pleasant viewing experience, and the famous old ground continues to be developed, with floodlights the latest new arrival in South London. The most well known feature, of course, remain the gasometers to the east of the ground.
The Oval hosts five round-robin games during the World Cup, including the tournament opener between England and South Africa, with the other standout fixture India’s clash with Australia. The Aussies, along with South Africa and Bangladesh all play two of their nine group games at Surrey’s home.
The Oval: ODI statistics
Won batting first: 30 (43%)
Won batting second: 40 (57%)
No result/abandoned: 3
Won toss: W37 L33 NR3
Won toss, batted: W8 L11 NR2
Won toss, fielded: W29 L22 NR1
Highest total: New Zealand 398/5 (50/50 overs) v England, June 12 2015
Lowest total: England 103 (41/50 overs) v South Africa, May 22 1999
300+ totals: 25
Runs per over: 4.97
Runs per wicket: 33.48
The Oval: Last 10 ODIs
June 15 2019: Australia (334/7, 50/50 overs) beat Sri Lanka (247, 45.5/50 overs) by 87 runs
June 9 2019: India (352/5, 50/50 overs) beat Australia (316, 50/50 overs) by 36 runs
June 5 2019: New Zealand (248/8, 47.1/50 overs) beat Bangladesh (244, 49.2/50 overs) by two wickets
June 2 2019: Bangladesh (330/6, 50/50 overs) beat South Africa (309/8, 50/50 overs) by 21 runs
May 30 2019: England (311/8, 50/50 overs) beat South Africa (207, 39.5/50 overs) by 104 runs
May 8 2019: England v Pakistan (80/2, 19/41 overs) – no result
June 13 2018: England (218/7, 44/50 overs) bt Australia (214, 50 overs) by three wickets
Sept 27 2017: England (258/5, 35.1/35.1 overs) bt West Indies (356/5, 50/50 overs) by six runs (DLS method)
June 18 2017: Pakistan (338/4, 50/50 overs) bt India (158, 30.3/50 overs) by 180 runs
June 11 2017: India (193/2, 38/50 overs) bt South Africa (191, 44.3/50 overs) by eight wickets
The Oval: ODI record by country
England: P48 W29 L17 NR2
South Africa: P11 W3 L8
Bangladesh: P5 W1 L3 NR1
New Zealand: P8 W4 L4
India: P16 W6 L9 NR1
Australia: P17 W9 L7 NR1
Sri Lanka: P13 W5 L8
The Oval: Individual ODI stats
Five-wicket hauls: 8
Highest score: 176* (135), Evin Lewis (West Indies) v England, Sept 27 2017
Best bowling: 10-0-42-6, Umar Gul (Pakistan) v England, Sept 17 2010
Liam Livingstone praises England spinner Rehan Ahmed as ‘exceptional talent’
Ahmed has furthered his blossoming reputation against the West Indies by recording identical figures of 10-1-40-2 in two ODIs in Antigua.
Little bit of relief – Sam Curran and England bounce back in Antigua
Curran laid the groundwork for England’s six-wicket win.
Sam Curran and Jos Buttler return to form as England level series in Antigua
Chasing 203, Will Jacks put England into the ascendancy with a sparkling 73 off 72 balls.
Sam Curran finds form as England bowl out West Indies for 202
Curran took three big scalps days after enduring a tough time in the first ODI.
Andrew Flintoff set to return to England’s backroom staff for Windies T20 series
Flintoff first linked up with the national side in an unpaid role for ODI series against New Zealand and Ireland before the World Cup.
Danni Wyatt stars on 150th T20I appearance as England begin India tour with win
Sophie Ecclestone returned figures of three for 15 on her comeback appearance after four months out with a shoulder injury.
Harry Brook blocks himself from ‘negativity’ by withdrawing from social media
Brook has left the running of his X and Instagram accounts to someone else.
Sophie Ecclestone set for England return in T20 opener in India – Heather Knight
The world’s top-ranked limited-overs bowler underwent surgery after dislocating her shoulder in August.
Rehan Ahmed rejects Sir Alastair Cook’s criticism of Jos Buttler’s captaincy
Several of Buttler’s decisions were scrutinised during a calamitous World Cup defence.
Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson handed their first central contracts by ECB
England Women have once again issued 18 full-time deals.