ey Cricket Ground (SGC), where the second Test match between Australia and Pakistan will be played from Sunday (January 3), is happy hunting ground for Australia.
They have won 53, lost 27 and drew 17 in 97 Test matches played at this ground. On the other hand, Pakistan have won two, lost three and drew one in six Test matches.
Situated in Moore Park in the citys east, the Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the worlds most famous cricketing venues. For a stadium in a major centre, it has a relatively limited capacity, a little over 40,000, but this has the direct benefit of ensuring that spectators are close to the action from virtually any point in the ground. Its limited capacity is, in fact, essentially the result of the extension over recent years of seating to most parts of a stadium now devoid of its long famous hill and instead dominated by the Brewongle, Churchill, OReilly, Noble and Doug Walters Stands. The green-roofed Ladies pavilion remains, still one of crickets most famous landmarks.
The very first match between the two teams at Sydney Cricket Ground was played in 1972-73 series which Australia won by 52 runs.
Pakistans first victory over Australia at this ground came in the 1976-77 series when they beat the home team by eight wickets.
In 1983-84 series, Australia defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets while the match played in 1989-90 was drawn Pakistan achieved a 74- run victory over Australia when the two teams met in 1995-96 series.
In the last Test between the two teams played in 2004-05 seires, Australia defeated Pakistan by nine wickets.
Highest innings totals:
Australias 568 in 2004-05 series is the highest score against Pakistan at this venue. Pakistan achieved their highest total against the hosts by scoring 360 in 1972-73 series. They also made the same score in 1976-77 series.
Lowest innings totals:
Pakistan were bowled out for just 106 runs in 1972-73 series which is their lowest total against Australia. Australias lowest against Pakistan at this ground is 172 which was made in 1995-96 series.
Highest individual scores:
Ricky Ponting holds the record of highest individual score on either side at this ground. He made 207 in 2004-05 series. The record of highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman is held by Ejaz Ahmed who made 137 in 1995-95 series.
Best bowling performances in an innings:
Danish Kaneria seven for 188 in 2004-05 series is the best bowling performance for Pakistan at Sydney while Maz Walkers six for 15 in 1976-77 series is the best bowling performance by a home team bowler against Pakistan
Best bowling performances in an match:
Imran Khans 12 for 165 in 1976-77 series is the best bowling performance in a match for Pakistan against Australia at this ground while Geoff Lawsons nine for 107 in 1983-84 is the best bowling performance for Australia against the visitors.