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A DAY AT THE CRICKET
The Adelaide Oval is home to Cricket matches in the Summer. It is home to the cricket teams, the South Australian Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers, and the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) since 1871
Test and One Day International cricket matches, and every 4 years, one of the 5 Ashes test matches against England is held here.
Australia Day One Day International on 26 January, is a fast moving Cricket match attended by lots of people, and a good one to watch. I like watching the one day games, as it is a fast and furious game.
Just outside the grounds, is a statue of the famous Australian Cricketer "SIR DONALD BRADMAN
Sir Donald Bradman of Australia was the greatest batsman who ever lived and the greatest cricketer of the 20th century.
Now, the Bradman Collection Museum at Adelaide Oval is open so you can see all the Bradman memorabilia.
The Adelaide Oval is well known for the Seagull's that frequent the oval.
...and if you know your history
Those who don't know the sport of Cricket may know little about "Bodyline", the notorious bowling tactics used by the English Tourists to beat Australia in the 1932-33 season. Even now people remember and reflect on the controversy. At the heart of it was the England captain Douglas Jardine, whose unbending will helped him persist with the tactic against all criticism. It was at Adelaide that matters came to a head when a couple of Australians were injured, and a riot nearly ensued. For a time the tour was in danger of cancellation and the friendly relations between Australia and Britain were under threat.
Thus as an English visitor it was important to be diplomatic and apolagetic about it all - as the pin-up girls holding my flag show.
Equipment: Bring something tactfully commemorative to demonstrate what any truly sporting Englishman feels about his national captain using such rough tactics on those nice Australians.
The most beautiful Cricket ground in the world?
Adelaide Oval is possibly the most beautiful ground to stage international cricket, a neat and elegant ground with trees at the northern end and the cathedral beyond, the Adelaide Hills in the distance and a setting in parkland near the Torrens river. The ground is well organised with excellent viewing and good facilities. The scoreboard dates from 1911 and is the oldest in use in international cricket. Win or lose, any visit here is memorable.
Equipment: Don't forget the sun cream and hat!
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Sir Don Bradman museum
It's a museum for the great Aussie cricketer, Sir Don Bradman. If you want to learn more about this venerated man (almost God-like in Australia), then pop over to this shrine/museum which houses the late Sir Don's memorabila and focuses on his sporting prowess.
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