The New Wanderers Stadium

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Locally known as 'The Bullring', the Wanderers is the home of the Highveld Lions and also acts as the spiritual home of South African cricket.
Like the vast urban sprawl that surrounds the ground, The Wanderers is massive and imposing. For the visiting batsman, the prospect of an innings at the Wanderers is a tough one when the usually raucous home support gains its voice. However, once the early morning movement has been negotiated, the world class wicket is a joy to bat on.

The ground has seen the modernisation that has been commonplace at South African test ground. It boasts a set of 65 metre high floodlights that were installed for its first day/night international match in 1997, and its capacity increased to an impressive 27,000.

The Wanderers has a rich history and has witnessed events such as Hugh Tayfield's 9-113 against England in 1956/7. More recently, Mike Atherton's epic 185 and Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald's demolition of England in 1999 have enthralled spectators.

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