Pitch Report: Edgbaston

Established: 1882
Capacity: 21,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: City End, Pavilion End
Home Team: Warwickshire
Head Groundsman: Gary Barwell
Test History: 49 Tests; 26 home wins; 8 away wins; 15 draws
Last 10 Tests: 7 home wins; 1 away win; 2 draws
Last 10 tosses: 3 batted first (2 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat); 7 bowled first (4 wins, 2 defeats, 1 draw)

Overview

Before the Riverside’s promotion to Test status, Warwickshire’s Edgbaston was the baby of the grounds on the regular rotation.

Test cricket was first staged at Edgbaston in 1902, but was an infrequent visitor in the ground’s early years: only four Tests were played there in the next quarter-century. It has fallen by the wayside in recent years again, with only one Test since 2012.

When the ‘Bullring’ gets going it can be tough for visiting teams, reflected in the fact that England have a better record here than at any other major venue.

A period of significant renovation at the end of the 1990s produced the new Cricket Centre and the £2million Hollies Stand. Further redevelopment plans were given the stamp of approval in early 2010, paving the way for a new Pavilion Stand equipped with plush new dressing rooms and media centre.

Floodlights were installed in 2011 for the first time, and the third Test between England and India was the first opportunity for Edgbaston to show off its fresh look on the international stage.

Some of the most memorable moments of recent cricketing history have taken place here. In 1994, Brian Lara amassed his world record 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham, while in 1999 the ground hosted the famous tied World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia.

Then there was the 2005 epic, when Michael Kasprowicz gloved a short ball to Geraint Jones to hand England a thrilling two-run win in the greatest Ashes Test ever.