Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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The ground is dominated by the sweeping and distinct architecture that has lifted the capacity to an impressive 25,000.

Interestingly, the wicket is the only one in South Africa that can be said to favour and promote spin bowling, and the area has produced most of South Africa's spin bowlers, most recently Paul Adams.

However the main products of this beautiful city have been the Kirsten family, with Peter, Paul and Gary all residing in Cape Town.

The ground has proved to be a good one for the home team, (during modern times) who seem to play their cricket with a higher intensity, like a travelling side often does at Lord's. Whether it is the tradition and surroundings that motivate the players, or the impressive local crowds that are drawn to Newlands, the ground is certainly South Africa's favourite, and this was shown when the venue was chosen as the venue for the opening ceremony and match of the 2003 World Cup.

South Africa have struggled a little at Newlands overall having lost 18 of the 38 Test matches played. They have done much better in the One Day game, and have proven to be a very tough opponent.

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