New Zealand vs India 2nd Test venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

New Zealand vs India 2nd Test venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Hagley Oval Christchurch New Zealand

Located in the Hagley Park, Hagley Oval dates back to 1867, though it had never hosted international cricket till 2013-14 or Test matches till 2014-15. Lancaster Park acted as Christchurch’s primary cricket ground till it was damaged beyond repair during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

However, it was the venue of New Zealand’s inauguration ceremony of the 2015 World Cup. Only 6 Tests have been played here till date along with 14 ODIs and a T20I. The largest cricket ground in New Zealand, it is home to Canterbury.

Hagley Park it has an unusual shape: it is an oval with longer sideways dimensions than straight. The famous tent-shaped pavilion is named after the Hadlees, after whom there used to be a stand at Lancaster Park.

In 2015-16, Brendon McCullum famously scored a hundred in 54 balls in his farewell series, against Australia: this is still the fastest century in the history of Test cricket.

A Test was scheduled here last year, against Bangladesh. However, that had to be called off following the Christchurch mosque shootings. Several Bangladeshi cricketers, en route the mosque, were fortunately able to escape.

Here are some records on the ground. India have never played a Test here.

Hagley OvalNew Zealand
Runs/90 overs326
4s/90 overs36.0
6s/90 overs4.5
50+ scores/match3.8
Wickets/90 overs9.7

Here are some more records.

Highest Test total585/4dNew Zealand
Lowest Test total104Sri Lanka
Highest Test score195Brendon McCullum
Best Test figures6/30Trent Boult