A look at the Cricket World Cup venues in England and Wales

County Ground, Bristol

Since: 1889

Capacity: 11,000

Fixtures: Afghanistan vs. Australia (June 1), Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka (June 7), Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka (June 11)

About the venue: Was bought by W.G. Grace in 1889. Bristol also hosted World Cup games in 1983 and 1999, when Sachin Tendulkar made 140 not out off 101 balls against Kenya. The pitch can be a minefield, but this month it staged a thriller as England successfully chased down Pakistan's 358.


County Ground, Taunton

Since: 1882

Capacity: 8,000

Fixtures: Afghanistan vs. New Zealand (June 8), Australia vs. Pakistan (June 12), West Indies vs. Bangladesh (June 17)

About the venue: Overlooked by the towers of three churches, Taunton featured at previous men's World Cups, once in 1983 and twice in 1999. They are the only men's ODIs at the ground. Which also means all six teams are playing here for the first time.


Edgbaston, Birmingham

Since: 1886

Capacity: 24,500

Fixtures: New Zealand vs. South Africa (June 19), New Zealand vs. Pakistan (June 26), England vs. India (June 30), Bangladesh vs. India (July 2), semifinal (July 11)

About the venue: Edgbaston will host a semifinal for the fourth time, and the showdown between No. 1-ranked England and No. 2 India. Also, South Africa returns to the scene of one of its worst World Cup moments, the 1999 semifinal against Australia, when a run out in the last over left the score tied and advanced Australia.


Headingley, Leeds

Since: 1890

Capacity: 18,350

Fixtures: England vs. Sri Lanka (June 21), Pakistan vs. Afghanistan (June 29), Afghanistan vs. West Indies (July 4), Sri Lanka vs. India (July 6)

About the venue: Headingley pitches are fickle, and are a paradise for seam bowling, especially when it clouds over. Of the top 18 best ODI bowling figures, 17 are by pacemen. Winston Davis has the best World Cup figures here of 7-51 in 1983 when the West Indies thrashed Australia by 101 runs. England, which plays Sri Lanka at Old Trafford, has hit 300-plus four times here since the last World Cup.


Lord's, London

Since: 1814

Capacity: 28,500

Fixtures: Pakistan vs. South Africa (June 23), England vs. Australia (June 25), New Zealand vs. Australia (June 29), Pakistan vs. Bangladesh (July 5), final (July 14)

About the venue: Like when England previously staged the Cricket World Cup, Lord's will host the final, its fifth. England has reached the final at home only once, in 1979, when it was crushed by the West Indies, which hasn't won it since. The highest total at Lord's still comes from the first ODI there, in 1975, when England made 334-4 against India to open that World Cup.


Old Trafford, Manchester

Since: 1857

Capacity: 24,600

Fixtures: India vs. Pakistan (June 16), England vs. Afghanistan (June 18), West Indies vs. New Zealand (June 22), West Indies vs. India (June 27), Australia vs. South Africa (July 6), semifinal (July 9)

About the venue: Old Trafford's first match will be the biggest of the pool stage, India vs. Pakistan. They previously met here in the 1999 World Cup and India won by 47 runs. The Pavilion End was recently renamed the James Anderson End after England's highest test wicket-taker. The ground's highest total is only 318-7 by Sri Lanka in 2006. Viv Richards still holds the ground's highest ODI score, 189 not out, in 1984 against England.


The Oval, London

Since: 1845

Capacity: 25,000

Fixtures: England vs. South Africa (May 30), South Africa vs. Bangladesh (June 2), Bangladesh vs. New Zealand (June 5), India vs. Australia (June 9), Sri Lanka vs. Australia (June 15)

About the venue: Where international cricket began. England played its first test here in 1880 against Australia, and won with a century from WG Grace. England opens the tournament here against South Africa. England has won 11 of its last 13 ODIs at the Oval. Bangladesh has two chances to win at the Oval for the first time.


Riverside, Chester-le-Street

Since: 1995

Capacity: 14,000

Fixtures: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa (June 28), Sri Lanka vs. West Indies (July 1), England vs. New Zealand (July 3)

About the venue: The most northerly ground in England. Normally, Riverside seats 5,000, but temporary seating will more than triple that. The highest Cricket World Cup total at the ground is 261-6 by Pakistan en route to beating Scotland in 1999. The highest total overall is England's 314-4 last year to beat Australia's 310-8. They are two of the only three 300-plus scores at the ground.


Rose Bowl, Southampton

Since: 2001

Capacity: 17,000

Fixtures: South Africa vs. India (June 5), South Africa vs. West Indies (June 10), England vs. West Indies (June 14), India vs. Afghanistan (June 22), Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan (June 24)

About the venue: Though a Cricket World Cup venue for the first time, the Hampshire Bowl hosted five games in the 2004 Champions Trophy. Its potential is obvious from its most recent ODI this month, when England made 373-3 and Pakistan came up just short at 361-7. They're easily the two highest totals at the ground.


Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Since: 1854

Capacity: 15,200

Fixtures: New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka (June 1), Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka (June 4), England vs. Bangladesh (June 8), South Africa vs. Afghanistan (June 15)

About the venue: The first international at Sophia Gardens was the 1999 World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand. The venue was also the site of Bangladesh's first win over Australia in 2005. Bangladesh also took down New Zealand here in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Bangladesh will play England here for the first time.


Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Since: 1841

Capacity: 17,000

Fixtures: West Indies vs. Pakistan (May 31), England vs. Pakistan (June 3), Australia vs. West Indies (June 6), India vs. New Zealand (June 13), Australia vs. Bangladesh (June 20)

About the venue: First hosted an ODI in 1974. Also hosted Cricket World Cup games in 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1999. Trent Bridge has staged the two highest totals in ODI history. England scored 481-6 in a big win against Australia last year, breaking its record of 444-3 against Pakistan in 2016.


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