Kingsmead Cricket Ground

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Kingsmead Cricket Ground
Panoramic view of the Kingsmead
Ground information
LocationDurban, South Africa
Coordinates29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139Coordinates: 29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139
TenantsKwaZulu-Natal Dolphins
End names
Umgeni End
Old Fort End
International information
First Test18–22 January 1923:
 South Africa v  England
Last Test13–17 February 2019:
 South Africa v  Sri Lanka
First ODI17 December 1992:
 South Africa v  India
Last ODI10 March 2019:
 South Africa v  Sri Lanka
First T20I12 September 2007:
 Kenya v  New Zealand
Last T20I4 March 2016:
 South Africa v  Australia
Team information
KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins (2003–present)
Durban Heat (2018-present)
As of 11 March 2019
Source: ESPNCricinfo

Kingsmead is a cricket ground in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Its stated capacity is 25,000,[1] although grass terracing makes up part of the viewing area; the 'end names' are the Umgeni End (north) and the Old Fort Road End (south). It is the home ground of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.

When a Test series is played in South Africa, the ground usually hosts the Boxing Day Test and it has been announced it will no longer be hosting it on Boxing Day in the future.[citation needed]


The venue hosted the first home Test for the South African cricket team after re-admission into international cricket and also hosted the Test against the English cricket team in 1939, which lasted from the third to the thirteenth of March and was called off over fears that the English would miss their ship home.

The first Test match to be played here was between South Africa and England on 18 January 1923, which resulted in a draw on the 5th day

It has been renowned as a seamers wicket, and there is also a famous myth regarding. how the tide affects batting conditions, as the ground is quite close to the beach. Many batting collapses in matches in the past have jokingly been blamed on changes in the tide.

On 19 September 2007 the ground witnessed Yuvraj Singh's iconic six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broad's over in the World Twenty20 match between India and England, to mark the fastest fifty ever in any form of cricket.[2]

Kingsmead's easterly location – but within the same timezone as the rest of South Africa – means it is prone to bad light and the humid climate can result in powerful thunderstorms; the ground incorporates traditional grass banks, as well as towering modern stands. Being in the centre of Durban makes it accessible by public transport, or on foot, but parking is limited.

A panoramic view of the Kingsmead during South Africa vs Australia in 2009


The stadium is used every other year for the finish of the Comrades Marathon, an ultramarathon run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg; because the marathon alternates directions each year, it only finishes in Durban in odd-numbered years.

Important events[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stadiums in South Africa. World Stadiums. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  2. ^ [1] Cricinfo. Retrieved on 28 April 2016