Published: 16th July, 2017
Broadcasting legend and former player David Lloyd believes the Kia Oval’s atmosphere is unique in the world of cricket and he can’t wait to see how the crowd react to the ground’s 100th Test.
England will play South Africa at the Kia Oval in the third match of the current series in a match that sees the Oval become only the fourth ground in the world to host 100 Tests.
Lloyd, or Bumble as many know him, insists he looks forward to returning to the Oval every year.
He said: “The two new grounds that stand out around the country are the Trent Bridge and the Kia Oval because they haven’t lost their character. One thing about being here is that it tends to be the last Test match. You come here and it’s as I would say, no holds barred.
“It’s always a great atmosphere and there’s no way you can create that. It just happens naturally and when you’re here for a full house, you’re in for a great day.”
“If you look at the traditions of the game, you would say the Oval is a standout ground. To have 100 Tests is special and there have been some of the most memorable matches here. Where it is in the city, it’s quite unique and it’s a great place to play.”
Just TWO weeks until the 1⃣0⃣0⃣th Test at the Oval begins.
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Having been in the game for more than 50 years, Lloyd has seen a host of changes at the ground but he has two major memories of his early visits to south London.
“I go way back playing at the Oval and one of my biggest memories was, before the lovely Pavilion and OCS Stand came along, we came down from Lancashire and the boundary would be so far out that you’d run fives!
“The pitch was relaid and suddenly it was rapid. We came across this Surrey bowler by the name of Sylvester Clarke, one of the best bowlers I ever played against.”
The full interview with Bumble, including his memories of the 2005 Ashes series can be heard below:
There will be full build-up and coverage of the Oval’s 100th Test ahead of the beginning of the match on 27 July on @surreycricket and kiaoval.com. There are limited tickets remaining for the match on the club’s ticketing site.