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England vs. South Africa, Kia Oval
19 July, 2012 - 23 July, 2012
Brit Oval, Kennington, London
The first test match of the South Africans' tour takes place at South London's own international cricket ground in August.
The Oval was a market garden when it was leased to Surrey County Cricket Club in 1845. Described as 'the Grand Old Lady' for its role in modern sports (football and Rugby Union used to be played there as well), it is usually host to the last Test match of the British summer.
It is home to Surrey County Cricket Club, which was established in 1845, and was the first British ground to host a Test match (in 1882). It has hosted many famous matches, not least England's Ashes win of 2005.
The largest of Britain's Test grounds, it is famous for its nearby mid-19th-century gasometers. In 2005 a new four-tier grandstand (the OCS) increased the ground's capacity, and its Upper Balcony provides excellent views. The Oval has a 23,000 all-seater capacity.
Further redevelopment plans are proposed: the demolition of the existing Surrey Tavern to create an elegant new entrance piazza; the replacement of the Lock and Laker stands with a new 2,000-seat stand and integrated hotel.