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    What's been the toughest away ground in the history of test cricket?

    Not sure if this has been debated before, but i was just wondering at any perticular period of test cricket what has been the hardest ground for an away team to travel to? a ground where the home team were simply unbeatable? i came up with this thought because back in our glory days i was too young to have seen us, but i imagine for an away side in say 1984 going to Sabina would have been truly daunting, or even kensington Oval, or was the likes of Australia at the Waka in 2001 with Warne causing mayhem more tougher? hell maybe South Africa today at Newlands are the toughest? it's an interesting debate methinks.
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    You'd be tough pressed to go past the Gabba in the last few decades.
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    Yeah, Gabbatoir. OZ haven't lost a Test there since the 80's.
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    Gabba. Because visiting teams are forced to deal with Queensland bogans


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    Never has there been a higher concentration of bogans and ferals than when Collingwood had a home ground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Never has there been a higher concentration of bogans and ferals than when Collingwood had a home ground.

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    India and SL have been tough to beat at home, at least till recently. Any particular grounds here, Mumbai or Galle? And is there any way we can find this out from Cricinfo?

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    Hard to list Galle when they lost there last year.

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    I think National Stadium Karachi.

    Pakistan hadn't lost there ever or at least not in 35 years or so until England came and beat them in 2001
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    Sri Lanka had an incredible run at the SSC from 2001-2008. Won 11, drawn 2 and lost once (vs Aus in 2004.) 6 of those wins were by an innings, including 3 wins of an innings and 200+. The plan, it seems, was create a Tarmac nightmare, everyone gets a hundred, and then Murali bowls eight million overs.

    Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Samaraweera and Tillakaratne all average over 70 there, yet Murali averaged 20, and Vaas 25. Since Murali retired it's 3 draws out of 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Sri Lanka had an incredible run at the SSC from 2001-2008. Won 11, drawn 2 and lost once (vs Aus in 2004.) 6 of those wins were by an innings, including 3 wins of an innings and 200+. The plan, it seems, was create a Tarmac nightmare, everyone gets a hundred, and then Murali bowls eight million overs.

    Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Samaraweera and Tillakaratne all average over 70 there, yet Murali averaged 20, and Vaas 25. Since Murali retired it's 3 draws out of 3.
    Thats what i'm talking about, periods of times when a team was virtually unbeatable at certain ground, it could be any team really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    I think National Stadium Karachi.

    Pakistan hadn't lost there ever or at least not in 35 years or so until England came and beat them in 2001
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    Thats what i'm talking about, periods of times when a team was virtually unbeatable at certain ground, it could be any team really.
    In that 35 year period I think Pak won 18 matches and drew the other 18

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    In that 35 year period I think Pak won 18 matches and drew the other 18
    Brilliant, gonna be interesting to compare that record to other grounds where the home team has been dominant.

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    Against WI at Barbados comes to mind.

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