Manuka Oval (Canberra)

The picturesque Manuka Oval is located in suburban Canberra and is famous for playing host to the annual fixture between Prime Minister's XI and an overseas touring side.

Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 11:50 AM IST
Manuka Oval (Canberra)

Capacity: 13,550

The picturesque Manuka Oval is located in suburban Canberra and is famous for playing host to the annual fixture between Prime Minister's XI and an overseas touring side.

Rich and diverse in history, this stadium is Canberra's prime sporting venue for cricket and AFL matches.

The beauty of the Manuka Oval lies in the fact that authorities have retained much of its original tree plantings from the 1920s along with new additions of mature cypress, poplar, oak and elm tree specimen that bound the circular space of this ground.

Charm of the stadium environment is enhanced by the presence of original curator's cottage and the Lord's Taverners garden at the site.

Manuka Oval hosted its first international match when South Africa played Zimbabwe in the 1992 World Cup. However, it soon became a regular limited-overs cricket venue with the inception of Canberra Comets in 1997/98.

The long wait for international cricket action at the Manuka Oval ended 16 years later in 2008 when India played Sri Lanka in 2008 CB Series.

The Bradman Pavilion is the main stand at the stadium. Two other stands, the Robert Menzies Stand and the Bob Hawke Stand were added in 1987 and 1992 respectively to honour Australia's first two Prime Ministers who brought international cricket teams to Canberra to play against the Prime Minister's XI.

The facilities at the venue were enhanced in 2012 with addition of floodlights. The first ODI featuring Australia was played at The Oval when the home team took on West Indies.