On the 16th of January, 2015, I attended my first international cricket game. It was a One Day International (ODI) game, with Australia playing England, at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This game was the first of six games (plus a final), in a tri-series competition, involving Australia, England, and India, where they play against each other twice. Australia had a convincing win against England. One of the oldest, surviving, cricket grounds in Australia, it has a seating capacity of almost 50,000. The most recognisable features of the ground would have to be the two heritage listed grandstands – the Members Pavilion, and the Ladies Pavilion.
It’s not only cricket that’s played, at the SCG, however. Australian Rules (Aussie Rules) football is also played, along with the occasional rugby league game. And, on the 22nd and 23rd of March, 2014, the ground was transformed into a baseball diamond, to serve as the venue for the opening two games of the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. With the cricket ground being established in 1854, it makes it the oldest venue that MLB has been played at. Despite hosting various sports, from rugby to baseball, it will always be known as being, as its name suggests, the place where cricket is played.
The feature image, at the very top of this post, is of Australian cricket player David Warner (now disgraced, following a ball tampering incident), after reaching a century and acknowledging the crowd’s applause, dedicating it to his late, close, friend Phillip Hughes, who lost his life, after being hit by a cricket ball, in November 2014 at this very ground.