England have clinched the Test series against India with a Test in hand. The fifth Test, a dead rubber, will be played at Kennington Oval, London. The Oval, as we know, hosted the first Test on English soil, way back in 1880. Well over a century before that, London and Dartford played a match at Kennington Common, the site on which The Oval was built. Recorded cricket on the ground we currently call The Oval dates back to 1845, went Montpelier took on Clapton. Surrey Club played MCC next year. Since then, The Oval has remained the home for Surrey County Cricket Club through their highs and lows, bearing witness to their record seven consecutive titles in the 1950s. At that point Surrey could probably have beaten most Test sides.

Surrey has produced some of the greatest cricketers in the history of cricket. Legends like Jack Hobbs, Alec Bedser, Jim Laker, and Ken Barrington need no introduction, but Surrey also boast of Bobby Abel, Tom Hayward, Bill Lockwood, WW Read, Tom Richardson, Andy Sandham, Peter May, Tony Lock, John Edrich, Alec Stewart, and Graham Thorpe, not to speak of their outstanding leader Stuart Surridge.

The Oval has also witnessed several iconic Tests, the “pre-Ashes” Tests of 1880 and 1882; the Ashes Tests of 1890, 1902, 1926, 1938, and 1968; the Don Bradman-Bill Ponsford show of 1934; Steve Waugh’s hundred on a leg in 2001; Hashim Amla’s triple-hundred in 2012; Devon Malcolm’s 1994 spell and Michael Holding’s devastation in 1976; New Zealand’s famous win in 1999; and India (1971), Pakistan (1954), and Sri Lanka’s (1998) first Test wins on English soil.

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