One hundred and twenty-one grounds have hosted Test cricket  since the first officially recognised Test match between Australia and England in Melbourne in March The grounds are listed in the order in which they were first used as a venue for Test cricket. Last updated on 21 April Test : .
A cricket field is a large grass field on which the game of cricket is played. Although generally oval in shape, there is a wide variety within this: some are almost perfect circles, some elongated ovals and some entirely irregular shapes with little or no symmetry — but they will have entirely curved boundaries, almost without exception. Cricket is unusual among major sports along with golf , Australian rules football and baseball in that there is no official rule for a fixed-shape ground for professional games. On most grounds, a rope demarcates the perimeter of the field and is known as the boundary. Within the boundary and generally as close to the centre as possible will be the square which is an area of carefully prepared grass upon which cricket pitches can be prepared and marked for the matches.