St George's Park

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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St. Georges Park was the first ground in South Africa to host Test match cricket - in 1888 - and the ground has a very historic and colonial feel to it even today.

The stands are small and plentiful, but the ground is dominated by floodlight pylons at the Duckpond End. The ground is located right in the heart of the 'Windy City' as it is known, and is named after the expanse of greenery it is located in. Port Elizabeth itself offers a friendly and relaxed environment to watch cricket, and is located near some stunning beaches, as well as the settler hinterland.

The pitch is usually a fairly slow and low one, and produced one of the strangest results of all time, when England's George Lohmann took eight for seven to bowl the home side out for 30 in 1891. Thankfully, today the pitch has very little to worry the batsmen.

One of the great modern bowling performances took place at the ground in 1992, when Alan Donald claimed 12/139 against India on what described as a 'dead pitch' and 'a fast bowlers graveyard'.

The next international game to be played at St. George Park will be South Africa versus Australia in an ODI on March 5.

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