The Perth Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in the suburb of Burswood in Western Australia.
Built by a consortium led by Multiplex, the construction of the Perth Cricket Ground was completed in late 2017 and officially opened in January 2018.
With a seating capacity of 61,266, which can be expanded to 65,000 seats for rectangular sports, the venue is the third-largest cricket stadium in Australia after the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Stadium Australia.
It is home to the Western Australia cricket team, who have won the Sheffield Shield on 17 occasions and the Marsh One-Day Cup 16 times. It is also home to the five -time Big Bash League champions Perth Scorchers.
The Perth Stadium staged its first international match, which was an ODI played between Australia and England in January 2018. The visitors won the game by 12 runs.
It later hosted its first Test match between Australia and India in December 2018. The Tim Paine-led Australia won the Perth Test by 146 runs. Since then, it has staged two more Tests so far.
Let’s have a closer look at the Perth Stadium Test records and stats.
Perth Stadium Test records and stats
The Australia men’s cricket team holds the record for the highest total at the Perth Stadium in Test cricket. During the first Test of West Indies’ tour of Australia in 2022, the hosts posted the highest total of 598/4d in their first innings at this venue. Electing to bat first, the Pat Cummins-led Australia rode on double hundreds from Marnus Labuschagne (204) and Steve Smith (200 not out) to register a mammoth total on the board. With the help of their first innings total, Australia later won the Test by 164 runs.
The India national cricket team recorded the lowest total at the Perth Stadium in Tests. Chasing 287 in the fourth innings, India were bowled out for 140 in 56 overs against Australia in the second Test of a four-match series in December 2018. Captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant top-scored for India with 30 each in the final innings of the contest. For Australia, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon scalped three wickets each. Earlier, Australia posted 326 in their first innings after opting to bat first. While India managed 283 in their first innings, the hosts scored 243 in their second innings to set-up a target of 287. Australia won the Perth Test by 146 runs
Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has scored the most runs at this ground in cricket’s longest format. The right-handed batter has accumulated 501 runs in four Test innings at a staggering average of 167. Labuschagne has also slammed three hundreds and one fifty at this venue in Test cricket. His highest Test score of 204 at the Perth Stadium came against West Indies in 2022.
Australia cricketer Nathan Lyon holds the record for the most wickets at the Perth Stadium in Test cricket. Between 2018 and 2022, the right-arm off-spinner has already bagged 22 wickets in three matches at an average of 18.45. He has one four-wicket haul and two fifers at this venue in Tests. Compatriot Mitchell Starc features second on the list with 18 wickets in three Tests.
Highest individual score
Marnus Labuschagne also registered the highest individual score at the Perth Stadium in Tests. Batting at number three, Marnus Labuschagne scored 204 off 350 balls against West Indies in the first innings of the opening Test of West Indies’ tour of Australia in 2022. His magnificent double century was laced with 20 fours and one six to help Australia post 598/4d. Australia won the Test by 164 runs.
Best bowling figures in an innings
India fast bowler Mohammed Shami recorded the best bowling figures in an innings of a Test at this venue in 2018. The right-arm pacer registered brilliant figures of 6/56 to help bowl out Australia for 243 in their second innings. Despite Mohammed Shami’s impressive spell, Australia won the Test by a huge 146 runs to level the series 1-1. The four-match Test series ended 2-1 in favour of India.
Best bowling figures in a match
Australia pacer Mitchell Starc holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Test match at the Perth Stadium. The left-arm fast bowler took nine wickets during the first Test of New Zealand’s tour of Australia in 2019. While Starc scalped five wickets for 52 runs in the first innings, he claimed four wickets for just 45 runs in the second innings. Starc’s bowling performance powered Australia to a 296-run victory.
Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith recorded the highest partnership at this ground in Test cricket. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith forged a massive 251-run stand for the third wicket in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies in 2022. Labuschagne scored 204 while Smith remained unbeaten on 200. Australia won the Test by 164 runs.
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