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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Edgbaston

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West Indies captain Brian Lara has happy memories of the Birmingham venue after scoring 501, the highest First Class score of all time, there in 1994.

Edgbaston hosted the fourth-ever one-day international when England beat Australia by two wickets in 1972.

The ground was originally a meadow used as grazing land before its owner, Lord Calthorpe, authorised its lease for cricket purposes.

The first match there was between Warwickshire and the MCC in June 1886.

Edgbaston was recognised as a Test venue in 1902 but it hosted only four matches up until 1957, when England played West Indies.

That match saw England's highest-ever Test partnership as Peter May and Colin Cowdrey put on 411 for the fourth wicket.

FACTFILE
Home team: Warwickshire
ODIs: 31
Capacity: 22,000
Edgbaston is now a regular on the Test and one-day international rota and it has hosted 31 ODIs, with the highest score being England's 320-8 against Australia in 1980.

Several records were set in the England v Australia encounter in June 1977.

Australia's Gary Cosier took 5-18 to record the best bowling figures on the ground, just edging out Greg Chappell, who took 5-20.

However, it did not do Australia much good as they were promptly bowled out for just 70, the lowest score recorded on the ground.

The highest individual innings at Edgbaston is Glenn Turner's 171 not out for New Zealand against East Africa in the 1975 World Cup.



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