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11 Dec 2017

Australia's iconic WACA stadium prepares for its last Ashes

Recounting top moments at the iconic WACA ground

WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) cricket ground prepares to host its final Ashes Test, as it is set to be replaced as Perth's premier stadium by the new state-of-the-art Perth stadium come January.

Once the fortress of Australian cricket, WACA will host the third Ashes with Australia going into the series with a 2-0 lead. Let's look at some memorable moments here.

In context

Recounting top moments at the iconic WACA ground
Adam Gilchrist's 57-ball century

Dec 2006

Adam Gilchrist's 57-ball century

The 2006 Ashes Test, where Adam Gilchrist scored a hundred off 57 balls, is often regarded as the top batting display at the Ashes in WACA. The Aussie also scored his fastest fifty during the match and the home side went on to win the series 5-0.

WACA is also remembered for Greg Chappell's debut in 1970, when he scored a century (108).

Ashes results at WACA

Team England has a bad win % of Ashes Tests at the WACA. Between 1970 and 2013, England won just one Test (in 1978), losing 9, and drawing 1 at this venue.

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Controversial moment

When Dennis Lillee came to bat with an aluminium bat

One of the game's great fast bowlers, Dennis Lillee, is remembered as part of WACA's history for a bizarre batting incident in 1979 Ashes.

Lillee, who came in at Number 9, resumed the second day play by coming to bat with an aluminium bat.

After a few balls, and 10-minute stand off Lille was forced to swap the metal bat for a wooden one.

The violent Ashes involving Alderman

1982 series

The violent Ashes involving Alderman

The 1982 Ashes at WACA is infamous for a violent incident where Aussie seamer Terry Alderman suffered a shoulder injury while tackling a pitch invader, an incident that led to arrest of 26 people.

This gravely affected Alderman's career.

Keeping the incident aside, WACA has been seamers' paradise with its pace and bounce, and often with additional help from sea-breeze termed as 'Fremantle Doctor.'

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