The MCG: The Pride of Aussies
Cricket as a sport has roots from England colloquially called as The Great Britain. They hold a pride of introducing a sport that’s touched more than a billion hearts across the globe. In other terms Cricket is the only sport standing third next only to FIFA and Summer Olympics has more audience than any other sporting events, perhaps London might be pride of its colonial styled Cricketing grounds at the Lords & the Oval but, Aussies changed the game in building the largest, technologically advanced and the most acknowledged cricket stadium in the World, The Melbourne Cricket Ground, affectionately also known as The MCG amongst the Australians.
Being the largest amongst the cricket stadiums and thirteenth largest overall of any sporting grounds in the world, The MCG has a rich history that dates back to 1854, when it was built and has been remember as a centerpiece of 1956 Summer Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1992 Cricket World Cup. It has been pride of Australia since many decades for hosting annual Boxing Day test match on 26th December and throughout winter it serves as the home ground for Australia Rules Football matches.
With a capacity of over hundred thousand and field size of 173.6 m x 148 m, The MCG truly a masterpiece. Strategically located closer to the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) at the nearest stations of Richmond and Jolimont is easy to access from any part of Melbourne. The stadium is widely acknowledged amongst the cricketing pundits as they call it “The Cricket Heartland” or “The G”.
Owned by The Victorian Government and Operated by Melbourne Cricket Club has been a technologically advanced stadium that possesses highest number of light towers at any sporting venues, world’s first colored cricket scoreboard with instant replays, world’s first electronic sight screens and critically acclaimed with wider stands that offer panoramic view to all the distinguished guests watching the matches. It also hosts most number of seating at 96,000 & 5000 standing rooms totaling more than 100,000 audiences.
The MCG also has a unique distinction of Cricketing Records of
- Highest Test Total of 604 (Australia Vs England),
- Highest Individual score at 307 by Bob Cowper in 1966
- Best Test Match Bowling Figures: 15/124 – Wilfred Rhodes, England vs. Australia, 1 January 1904
- Highest Test Partnership: 346 (for the 6th wicket) – Sir Donald Bradman & Jack Fingleton, Australia vs. England, 1 January 1937
- Highest ODI Total: 8/344 – ICC World XI vs. ACC Asian XI, World Cricket Tsunami Appeal, 10 January 2005
- Highest Individual ODI Score: 173 – Mark Waugh, Australia vs. West Indies, 9 February 2001
- Best ODI Innings Bowling Figures: 6/42 – Ajit Agarkar, India vs. Australia, 9 January 2004
- Highest ODI Partnership: 225 (for the 2nd wicket) – Adam Gilchrist & Ricky Ponting, Australia vs. England, 15 December 2002
And many more…
The MCG has been a traditional landmark for all Australians who love and cheer for cricket, which bounds the souls of different nationals from across the oceans. It will still remain the spirit of Australia among cricketing spheres in the years to come leaving no stone unturned.
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