Australia news July 13, 2010

Tests and ODIs to remain at SCG

Cricinfo staff

The Sydney Cricket Ground will continue to host Tests and one-dayers for the next five years but Twenty20 internationals could be held in the city's larger ANZ Stadium, which hosted the 2000 Olympics. An agreement between Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales will ensure Tests and one-day internationals remain at the SCG for the next five years.

Last November, the possibility was raised of the SCG losing out as a venue for the 2010-11 Ashes following a staging row between Cricket NSW and the SCG Trust.

"The SCG is the home of cricket in Australia, one of the world's two finest cricket grounds," Rodney Cavalier, the SCG Trust chairman, said. "Test matches have been played at the SCG since 1882. That tradition will continue. The SCG is where the players want to play, where the cricket lover wants to come."

Ashes tickets go on sale to Australian Cricket Family members on Wednesday and will be on general sale from July 20.

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  • Mitcher on July 16, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Neil: Amen to that brother. I'll defend the look/history of SCG but the service and food is beyond atrocious. Rubbish pies, terrible chips etc, useless staff etc. MCG and Gabba run rings around them in that sense.

  • dummy4fb on July 15, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    The MCG is just another giant stadium with no character at all. There's nothing like the SCG for watching cricket.

  • samad.pak on July 15, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    @Midnight_Blues and Boris72.. Mate i respect your opinion but lets be a little realistic... Even though Test cricket is the real cricket and is the ground where cricketers really prove their skills but mate T20 cricket is the ONLY format of our beautiful game which has grabs global attention of nation and people around the globe who 'HATED' cricket for being a 'slow' game so if we are gonna keep it domestic or just to the leagues its never gonna grow at the speed its growing now.. I think we should respect T20 equally with other formats and cmon mate T20 is great.

  • Mitcher on July 15, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    The MCG is nothing but a salad bowl these days. No doubt its a great ground for packing in the people but it lacks the history of the SCG since it was re-built. As for the Adelaide Oval, I agree its one of the most beautiful grounds in cricket but i fear it is soon to be destroyed by development.

  • rllafretaw on July 15, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    At least for Ashes matches tradition should be followed and they should be played at the 5 premier grounds in Australia of which the SCG is one. (I know that the WACA was not one of the grounds that test cricket was played at). Imagine if we stopped playing the Ashes at Lords, that would be sacriledge.

  • NeilCameron on July 15, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It's good that cricket remains at the SCG. What really should change, though, is the quality of the food and drink they serve and how much they charge for it. Anyone who has bought food and drink at the Bill O'Reilly stand knows what I'm talking about.

  • jmey97 on July 15, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    thankgod how could anyone ever think of taking cricket away from the SCG

  • dummy4fb on July 15, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    The SCG is the home of cricket in Australia? What a joke. Melbourne is the capital of sport in Australia (and arguably the world) and has Australia's best stadium, the mighty MCG. The SCG pales in comparison with the 'G. MCG was where the Ashes started and Melbourne always has the best crowds for any cricket match. Sydney are just jealous.

  • DaTBird187 on July 14, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    So the SCG is one of the two finest grounds in the world? Second only to Adelaide Oval then?

  • Meety on July 14, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Finally a good decision from Oz cricket heirachy. Tests must stay at SCG forever. Limited over cricket can be shopped around.

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