As Australia begin preparations for the World Test Championship final against India, the men from Down Under would be eager to put their past struggles at The Oval behind them.
In over 140 years of Test cricket in England, Australia have had one of the worst records at The Oval, which will host the final from June 7 to 11 between the top two Test sides.
Australia, who played at The Oval in 1880 in what was the first-ever Test in England, have managed a mere seven wins from 38 Tests at the famous South London venue, putting their success rate at the venue at 18.42 per cent, their poorest across England.
Australia have won just twice in the past 50 years at The Oval. On the other hand, they have 17 wins from 29 matches at The Lord’s at a success rate of 43.59 per cent, which is better than hosts England’s 39.72 per cent from 141 games and South Africa’s 33.33 per cent at the same venue.
Australia have a success rate of 34.62 per cent at Headingley, 30.43 per cent at Trent Bridge, and 29.03 per cent and 26.67 per cent at Old Trafford and Edgbaston respectively.
India, on the other hand, haven’t fared too well at the venue either having won two, drawn seven and lost five games. But the Rohit Sharma-led side will be boosted by the 157-run win over England here in 2021, which was it’s first victory at the venue in a Test match in 40 years.
According to cricket.com.au, Australia will have their first full training session in the UK on Thursday in Beckenham, which is 20km from central London.
Pat Cummins and his men will train at Kent’s out-ground across the weekend as both sides will be granted access to facilities at The Oval only two days prior to the fixture.
And while The Oval is likely to favour the pacers, Beckenham is known to have a batter-friendly track.
Australia finished the 2021-23 WTC cycle on top of the table, their only loss being the 2-1 away defeat to India earlier this year.
They haven’t beaten the Men in Blue, both home and away, in eight years — four successive series defeats.