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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 September, 2004, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
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While Lord's has always been the grandest cricket arena in London, The Brit Oval has always had a reputation as the people's ground.

Situated south of the river, The Oval hosted the first-ever Test match in England in 1880.

Originally a market garden, its name comes from the surrounding streets rather than the ground's shape.

It hosted its first one-day international in 1973 when England lost to the West Indies by eight wickets.

Two years after the inaugural Test, when England beat the Australians by five wickets, The Oval witnessed the creation of the Ashes following Australia's first Test victory in England when Fred "The Demon" Spofforth destroyed the hosts.

The ground is the scene of Australia's all-time highest Test partnership, the 451 put on by Bill Ponsford (266) and Don Bradman (244) in 1934.

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Home team: Surrey
ODIs: 31
Capacity: 18,500
Four years later Len Hutton struck 364 runs as England amassed 903-7 - a record total score for any Test side playing in England.

The ground was also witness to the remarkable occasion of Bradman's last appearance in Test cricket in 1948 - when he was bowled for a duck needing just four runs to claim an average of exactly 100.

The ground, which has hosted 31 ODIs, is currently midway through a redevelopment which will be completed in time for the 2005 Ashes.

The highest score is Australia's 328-5 against Sri Lanka in the 1975 World Cup, the lowest England's 103 against South Africa in the 1999 World Cup.

Greg Chapell's unbeaten 125 against England in 1977 remains the highest individual score, while the best bowling analysis is Ronnie Irani's 5-26 against India in 2002.



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