A random placard which read "Welcome to Bradman Country" at the airport was followed by a street sign for a perpendicular road named "Sir Donald Bradman Drive" while travelling to the city. Would the taxi driver of Indian origin visit the Test match that gets underway January 24? "I am not sure. What's the point? They keep losing," he said with a broad smile.
River Torrens. Pic/Getty Images
After checking into the hotel, we decide to stroll down to the Adelaide Oval. Upon passing Bank Street, we go past the Central Railway Station, up a fleet of stairs, past the Parliament House on the corner of North Terrace Road and King William Road, to the River Torrens. Across the river, the Oval's canopies loom in its entire splendour. Turn around and there's a mammoth Aboriginal art on display. Remember, the indigenous Australians are found in large numbers in South Australia.
So, how does one get to the other side of the river? Normally, one has to walk around the foot bridge. But, a generous pedal boat rider offered us a ride to the other side for a fee of five dollars. We got on the boat and begin pedaling. Gerrard, 64, told us about the changes the Adelaide Oval has undergone in the last few years.
"There are all these new stands. Only the Clem Hill Stand and Bradman Stand have been around forever. Though the Bradman Stand has been around for a while, it has gone through a lot of changes," he said.
There were some black swans in the river -- minding their own business. "These are mostly found in South Australia. You can go around the world but won't find this particular swan," Gerrard added.
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who hails from Adelaide, recently announced 30-million dollars of federal funds towards the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.
The South Australian Government also committed 500 million dollar towards the renovation. The Oval's development will ensure that Australian Football League (AFL) matches can be played at the venue from 2014.
For the record, the squarer boundaries would no longer exist after 2014. "A lot is changing at The Oval," a member of the ground staff said. "We have no idea how it will look after a few years," he added.
Having entered the ground, we tried to overhear what a guide is telling a bunch of visitors. "I appreciate if you keep walking. This is a private tour," he said, letting us know that it was a 'paid service'. How about the gorgeous Churches for a polished backdrop? Adelaide Oval, you beauty.