Australia news June 7, 2013

SCG's 100th Test wins world award

ESPNcricinfo staff

The SCG's 100th Test has won the Sports Event of the Year Award, beating other major events such as Super Bowl XLVI, the London Olympics' "Super Saturday" and the 2012 NBA All-Star game. The prize, which is for the best sporting event held at a stadium, arena or major sports venue in 2012, was announced at the 2013 Stadium Business Awards in Manchester on Friday.

The SCG became only the third venue to host 100 Tests when Australia thrashed India by an innings and 68 runs in January 2012. The match was also notable for Michael Clarke's unbeaten 329 and centuries to Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

The judging panel, in delivering its decision, said: "Proving that it's not just new venues - or one-off events - that define a venue's 'greatness' but fundamentally it's about longevity. When we talk about stadiums have a lifespan of 20-30 years these days, it took SCG 130 years to reach its landmark 100th Test - a milestone event (shared by very few other venues) that's a deserved winner."

The SCG is in good company, for the past two winners of the same award were the FIFA World Cup final in South Africa and the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

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  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    It's really a very big achievement !. 130 Years To Reach The Landmark Not a Small Figure At All !.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    I was there at The SCG for that Test. I traveled form Mumbai to follow the Boxing Day and this New Years' Test. Was great to watch Clarke, Hussey and Ponting score.

  • kieran on June 7, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @Meety, an awe-inspiring ground no doubt. Gotta love NSW.

  • Warks on June 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Yes it was well deserved. I was there the day Clarke got his triple and it was one of the best days out there I've had in over 20 Tests. The McGrath Foundation 'pink' day always makes day 3 rather special and the crowd of both sides always gets involved in it. Just a great ground. Pity the tickets are too expensive to go for more than one day. We used to get a three day pass at a special price and watched the game grow and change. Now one day is all we can afford. And every year the price goes up again!

    Still it will be the Test ground while any of us over the age of 30 live and breathe! Tests are NOT moving any time soon, if ever.

  • Sriram on June 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Congrats SCG. To me very special than Lords..I just looked in that scorecard and amazed. Some will call the damage that this Test series did to Indian line up..the Top 5 dont play Tests anymore with only expception being GG if he changes his attitude. But other optimists would see it as good for Indian cricket. Nevertheless..the next time India play Aus at SCG it will be a whole new lot..Well done SCG. I read somewhere they may move tests out of it true?

  • kieran on June 7, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    A shame the match itself wasn't a bit more competitive in hindsight, still an entertaining few days.

  • Andrew on June 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Great photo of the "Grandpa" Clock & Stand!

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