South Africans play Australia at bullring stadium

February 26th, 2009 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Feb 26 (ANI): Johannesburg’s bullring stadium, the Wanderers Ground, provides no refuge for the timid cricketer and has always produced results either good or bad.

The last time Australian and South Africa played a one-day international at the ground, Australia set a world-record score of 434 only to watch the home side better it in the next innings.

Australia, meanwhile, have a 3-1 post-Apartheid record in Test matches, having twice won by an innings, FOX Sports reported.

The Wanderers is a heaving, threatening ground when it’s full. The stands rise straight up above the field of play and fans perch above the players. And the hill area in front of the low-level dressing rooms provides plenty of opportunity for the locals to say what they think to visitors.

Even Steve Waugh says the place is “imposing”.

Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy says the Wanderers is a lively place, and that South African people are more like Australians than any he has met.

“It’s always a very spirited hill in front of the players’ viewing area and the boys can look forward to some nice comments as they watch play.

“The race wasn’t covered and there was a little gap at eye level, and a bloke was giving it to Merv and Merv got his bat through, so it’s good they’ve covered that in,” Healy saaid.

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