Fearsome 'Gabbatoir' retains Test status

2016-05-31 10:31
Pat Howard (Gallo Images)

Brisbane - Brisbane's Gabba ground will host Test cricket for at least another three years, it was announced on Tuesday, in daunting news for teams visiting Australia.

Cricket Australia said a deal had been reached to play a Test annually at the venue until the end of the 2018-19 season, as well as a one-day or Twenty20 international each season for the next three years.

Australia has a formidable record at the Gabba, nicknamed the 'Gabbatoir' and known for its heat, fast wicket and unforgiving, partisan crowd.

The hosts have not lost a Test at the venue, in Brisbane's Woolloongabba district, since going down to Viv Richards' great West Indies side in 1988.

"Australia's record at the Gabba has been exceptional and the fact we remain undefeated at the Gabba since 1988 underlines that record," said CA general manager Pat Howard.

"As a consequence the Australian players always look forward to a Gabba Test."

The ground will this year host its first day-night Test with a pink ball, against Pakistan in December, with a bumper crowd expected.

Read more on:    cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who will win this year's Cricket World Cup?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.