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The four best cricket grounds to visit in Australia

Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in Australia and attracts thousands of spectators each and every year. Whether you’re a sporting fanatic or simply fancy a relaxing day in the sun whilst enjoying plenty of light refreshment, there are some fantastic stadia situated throughout the country. Each venue boasts a completely different atmosphere and all-round experience for visitors but there are a number of grounds which simply must be ticked off the list.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (often abbreviated to the MCG) opened in 1854 and is the largest sports stadium in Australia holding an impressive 100,000 spectators. The 1992 Cricket World Cup was held here and it does occasionally branch out and host a variety of other sports as well. It is an iconic venue which has a terrific heritage and sits alongside the Rod Laver Arena AAMI Park. Unmissable events throughout the year include the Boxing Day test match which is held annually against a visiting nation including as part of the Ashes Test in 2017 and the Sheffield Shield, a domestic cricket competition held each year. Tourists can take a guided tour of the stadium which will help get a feel for the size and history of the World’s largest Cricket Stadium.

The Gabba, Brisbane

Australian cricket and the Gabba go hand in hand. The ground is situated in Australia’s third City holding 42,000 spectators and is regularly at full capacity for a number of high-profile events staged throughout the year. It is a multi-purpose stadium and regularly holds AFL games but it is rarely more atmospheric than when it’s hosting a crucial Test Match or One Day International. The Australian cricket team have a terrific record at this stadium going 29 matches unbeaten dating back to 1988 and took the first Ashes test of the 2017/18 series here by an eye-catching ten wickets. The Aussies were always favourites going into the event and are 1/14 in the cricket betting markets to wrap up the series with a 5-0 scoreline available at 9/4.

The Adelaide Oval

One of the finest cricketing stadiums in the country, the Adelaide Oval is positioned close to the City Centre and is within walking distance of a number of pubs, cafes and shops. Although it was built in the 1890s, recent renovations have helped bring it into the modern era whilst ensuring the venue’s history remains intact. If you can’t coincide your visit with an International cricket match, there are plenty of other events throughout the year including the Big Bash League where the Adelaide Strikers play their home matches. They will be led by newly appointed skipper Travis Head in 2017 and it’s the ideal venue to sit back and enjoy a faster-paced game of cricket.

The WACA, Perth

Thousands of cricket fans flock to the WACA each and every year to enjoy the electric atmosphere. It is an iconic stadium which is perfect for diehard cricket fans who wish to sample one of Australia’s best sporting stadia. It has an old-fashioned, slightly archaic feel although renovations have been planned for 2018. If you aren’t able to time your visit to coincide with one of the many cricket matches staged, there is a museum and guided tour which are reasonably priced and continues to be extremely popular with tourists. With a capacity of just 20,000, the noise created by the fans reverberates around the venue helping create a memorable ambience which is unique to this ground.

Cricket fans visiting Australia are spoilt for choice by the number of iconic stadiums located around the country. With an increased number of competitions, formats and smaller events held in these locations, it’s easier than ever before to tick them off and enjoy every single over inside one of these iconic venues.

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