Headingley Cricket Ground (usually shortened to Headingley) is a cricket ground in Headingley Stadium complex in Leeds, England. It adjoins the Headingley Carnegie Rugby Stadium through a shared main stand, although the main entrance to the cricket ground is at the opposite Kirkstall Lane end. It has seen Test cricket since 1899 and has a capacity of 17,500.
Spinner Hedley Verity took 10 wickets for 10 runs in 1932 for Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire, still the best bowling analysis ever in first-class cricket. Verity had also taken all ten against Warwickshire at Headingley in 1931.
In the Third Test against New Zealand in 1965 John Edrich hit 53 fours and 5 sixes in his 310 not out. Captain M. J. K. Smith declared before Edrich had a chance to pass Gary Sobers' Test record 365 not out, and England won by an innings and 187 runs.
In the third test match of the 1975 Ashes series (a four-test series), early on Tuesday 19 August head groundsman George Cawthray discovered that campaigners calling for the release from prison of George Davis had dug holes in the pitch and poured oil over one end of the wicket. This led to the match being abandoned and declared a draw, denying England the chance to win back the Ashes.
In the Third Test of the 1981 Ashes England were forced to follow on. However Ian Botham scored 149 not out, and then Bob Willis took eight wickets for 43, to give England an eventual 18-run victory. Two members of the Australian team had taken the 500–1 odds. This was only the second time in the entire history of Test cricket that a side had followed-on and won; something which would not occur again until 2001.
In the Test of 1991, Graham Gooch scored a match-winning 154 not out, carrying his bat throughout England's second innings of 252, against the West Indies including Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.
In a game they had to win to stay in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, the eventual cup-winners Australia chased down South Africa's 271 for seven after being 48 for three. Steve Waugh, who had been dropped by Herschelle Gibbs as he attempted to throw the ball up in celebration, scored 120 not out.
In 2000, England dismissed the West Indies for 61 to win by an innings and in two days, with Andrew Caddick taking four wickets in an over. England won again seven years later in 2007, as Ryan Sidebottom took eight wickets for 86 in two innings as England subjected the Windies to their worst Test defeat ever, an innings and 283 runs.
In August 2001, England successfully chased 315 to beat Australia, with Mark Butcher scoring an unbeaten 173 as England won by six wickets. However, in August 2009 in the 4th test of The Ashes series, Australia beat England in 2½ days by an innings and 80 runs. Australia took twenty wickets with an attack without a spin bowler. England's middle order batsmen (Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood) scored 16 runs between them in two innings.
Twelve days later, Shai Hope scored two centuries in the test match between England cricket team and West Indies cricket team, making him the first batsman in first-class cricket at Headingley to score a century in both innings.
In Tests, the highest team score posted here is 653/4 dec by Australian national cricket team against English national cricket team on 22 July 1993. The leading run scorers here are Don Bradman- 963 runs, Geoff Boycott- 897 runs and Jon Edrich Stewart- 849 runs. The leading wicket takers are Fred Trueman- 44 wickets Bob Willis- 40 wickets and Stuart Broad- 34 wickets.
In ODIs, the highest team score posted here is 339/6 by English national cricket team against South African national cricket team on 24 May 2017. The leading run scorers here are Marcus Trescothick- 408 runs, Andrew Strauss- 335 runs and Eoin Morgan- 292 runs. The leading wicket takers are Chris Old- 12 wickets, Ian Botham- 11 wickets and Andrew Flintoff- 9 wickets.
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