By Dave Brookes
The magnificent Adelaide Oval holds a fond place in the heart of many a cricket player and fan across the globe.
Conjure up an image of a favourite cricketing memory and Adelaide always figures in the mind. It’s one of those grounds fans remember because it’s synonymous with one particular trait.
With Melbourne, it’s the Boxing Day Test and with The Oval or Lords it’s the rich history. Sometimes the memory is the cacophony made by tens of thousands of fans at a ground like Eden Gardens in Kolkata. For Adelaide, it’s something altogether different. It’s a batsman’s paradise and the final cricketing home of Sir Donald Bradman.
Moreover, it sits so close to the city centre.
A leisurely stroll across North Terrace, down past the Botanic Gardens and across the river rises the stunningly refurbished oval. The canopy rooftop makes it instantly recognisable but add in the green surrounds of the parks and the river lazily flowing past and you can see why it is so loved.
With recent renovations complete the stadium now features the excellent Hill of Grace restaurant and there is currently a fantastic exhibition on show; the Don Bradman Collection on loan from the State Library of South Australia.
What really strikes the visitor is that melding of old and new.
The state-of-the-art design mixed with the simple arcane beauty of The Hill with its gently sloping manicured grass rimmed by majestic Moreton Bay figs at its rear.
As for the cricket, the Adelaide Oval wasthe venue for the first-ever day/night match in test cricket’s 138-year history from November 27 – December 1 2015, when Australia took on New Zealand in the third and final match of their three-game series.
An experimental format, played under lights with a pink ball, aimed to boost the popularity of test cricket and allow fans to attend the game after they finish school or work.
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