The Perth Cricket Ground is a multi-sport stadium in Australia located in the suburb of Burswood in Western Australia.
Unlike other stadiums in the country, the Perth Cricket Ground is relatively new as it was officially opened in January 2018.
Constructed at an estimated cost of AUD 820.7 million, the 60,000-capacity stadium is the third largest cricket stadium Down Under, behind Melbourne Cricket Ground and Stadium Australia.
The Perth Cricket Ground pitch is known for its flat track, which assists the batters in scoring runs more easily. The bowlers, especially pacers, usually try to avoid bowling full-length deliveries due to short boundaries down the ground.
As far as Australian domestic cricket is concerned, the Perth Cricket Ground is home to the Western Australia cricket team, who have won the Marsh One-Day Cup and Sheffield Shield on 16 occasions each. It is also home to the four-time Big Bash League champions Perth Scorchers.
The Perth Cricket Ground hosted its first-ever international cricket game in January 2018, which was an ODI match between Australia and England. The visitors registered a narrow 12-run win, where Joe Root and Tom Curran starred with a half-century and a five-wicket haul respectively.
The first Test match to be played on this ground took place later in the year in December between Australia and India. The India tour of Australia 2018/19 match saw the hosts win by 146 runs, with spinner Nathon Lyon’s eight wickets anchoring the domination.
The venue has so far hosted two matches in the shortest format of the game. Here’s a look at the T20I records at the Perth Cricket Ground.
Perth Cricket Ground T20I records
Highest total: The highest total in a T20I match at the Perth Cricket Ground is 208/6 made by England in a high-scoring first T20I of the England tour of Australia 2022/23.
The visitors got off to a flying start with both their openers scoring half-centuries. Decent contributions from the middle-order batters helped them reach 208/6. In reply, England survived a strong fight from the hosts to win the match by a slender margin of eight runs.
Lowest total: The lowest total recorded in a T20I match at the Perth Cricket Ground is 91/9 made by the Netherlands against Pakistan in October 2022. The Netherlands' feeble batting performance was no match to a disciplined bowling display by Pakistan, as they were bowled out for an ordinary total.
Thereafter, Pakistan came out all guns blazing and won the match by six wickets, with more than six overs to spare.
Highest individual score: English opener Alex Hales holds the record for the highest individual score in a T20I at the Perth Cricket Ground. He scored a 51-ball 84 against the Australian team in the first T20I of the England tour of Australia 2022/23. The knock featured 12 fours and three maximums.
David Warner’s 73 and Jos Buttler’s 68 from the same match are the other top individual scores at this stadium. Suryakumar Yadav also scored 68 runs against South Africa during the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Best bowling: England all-rounder Sam Curran’s 5/10 is the best bowling effort in a T20I match at the Perth Cricket Ground. In the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup 2022, Afghanistan posted a total of 112/10, where Usman Ghani’s run-a-ball 30 spared their blushes. It was Curran’s fiery spell that derailed their batting line-up.
The match ended with England winning the contest by five wickets.
Highest partnership: The English pair of Alex Hales and Jos Buttler holds the record for the highest partnership of 132 runs at the stadium. The first T20I of the England tour of Australia 2022/23 saw both the batters take on the Aussie bowlers to give their team the perfect start.
In the end, the partnership proved to be the difference between the two sides as the visitors won by eight runs.
David Warner and Aaron Finch are the other duo to record a century stand. In the third T20I of the Pakistan tour of Australia 2019/20, they forged an unbeaten opening partnership of 109.
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