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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Ashes venues - Perth
Waca ground, Perth

Built on old swamp land, the Waca did not stage its first Test until 1970 but soon established a reputation for having a fast and hard track.

The intense midsummer heat usually has its harsh edge knocked off it by the Fremantle Doctor, a breeze which sweeps in down the Swan River.

In 2002, the ground was redeveloped and its capacity reduced to around 24,500.

Brett Lee hit Alex Tudor with a bouncer here in 2002-03, but the pitch is no longer quite as pacy as it was.

Inside track: "Traditionally the wicket has been more bowler-friendly, but it really has changed over the last couple of years" - Justin Langer, Australia opener.

Barmy Army tip: If you fancy getting your white bits tanned head for Swanbourne Free Beach for some nude bathing.

England's record here: The last seven Tests England have played at this ground have all failed to produce a win for the visitors. Freddie and Co, it's over to you.


England fixtures - Perth

2006

9-10 December v Western Australia
Play starts 0230 GMT

14-18 December 3rd Test
Play starts 0230 GMT

2007

30 January VB Series ODI v New Zealand (d/n)
Play starts 0530 GMT


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