Cricket Grounds > Cricket Grounds in South Africa
South Africa has some of the most varied and handsome cricket grounds in the world.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has also been one of the most proactive in terms of using modern technology at its cricket venues. For instance, it was one of the first countries which installed flood lights for day-night matches at all its major international stadiums.
On India’s very tour to South Africa after its re-induction into international cricket, all the 7 ODI matches that were played were day-night affairs. For a nation that had been out of international cricket for so long, that was an amazing achievement.
It was probably the great emphasis on quality cricket infrastructure which allowed South Africa to become a major cricket power almost immediately after their re-entry.
Major Test Cricket Grounds of South Africa
1. Newlands Cricket Ground, Capetown
Cricket matches at the Newlands Ground with the Table Mountain serving as the backdrop are a treat to watch. There are few more beautiful sights on a cricket ground anywhere in the world.
2. Kingsmead, Durban
It hosted the first test after South Africa was readmitted into international cricket. Used to be the regular venue for the Boxing Day Test.
3. New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
This ground was the venue for the final of the ICC World Cup 2003 hosted by South Africa. The Wanderers wicket is considered one of the liveliest and bounciest in the world. An acid test for visiting batsmen.
4. SuperSport Park, Centurion
Hosted the final of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. From the 2013-14 season this ground will be the venue for the annual Boxing Day Test.
The cricket grounds of South Africa have been known for their lively tracks and wonderful atmosphere in the stands. The grass embankments are another common feature in the grounds in the country.