First Test of the summer returns to Gabba

Gabba stadium
Gabba stadium
©Reuters
 
The Gabba will again host the first Test of summer with today’s announcement that Brisbane will open the 2019-20 men’s Test season in November.
 
Cricket Australia today released the male and female International schedules for 2019-20 with Queensland hosting visits by touring teams Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
 
The First Test of the Domain Series against Pakistan will be held at the Gabba in the traditional window for the opening Test match of the season from Thursday 21 November through to Monday 25 November.
 
Cricket Australia’s Interim EGM of Team Performance Belinda Clark and Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters were joined by the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni at the Gabba this morning for the announcement.
 
Australia has not been defeated at the Gabba since 1988, and the return to a traditional day Test match in November is set to be warmly welcomed by supporters.
 
The Test match will also see the two teams compete for the ICC Test Championship points for the first time on Australian soil. The ICC Test Championship is designed to deliver greater context to Test cricket and make every match count with nine countries participating for the 2019-2021 title.
 
The Gabba will also host Sri Lanka as part of a Gillette T20 International series that will see the tourists play under lights on 30 October in Brisbane as part of a three-match series.
 
Allan Border Field will be the host venue for the first international matches of the summer to be held in Queensland in early October, as the world champion Australian Women’s team step up their preparations for the 2020 ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia from February next year.
 
Australia will take on Sri Lanka in three Commonwealth Bank One Day Internationals in Brisbane, which has successfully hosted sell-out women’s international games in the past two seasons.
 
The women’s ODI games will be held on Saturday 5 October, Monday 7 October and Wednesday 9 October.
 
Queensland CEO Max Walters welcomed the return of the First Test.
 
“This is an excellent example of how cricket strives to put the fan first whenever possible in the face of what can be very complex scheduling challenges,’’ he said.
 
“Queensland Cricket has been steadfast in its desire to see the Gabba retain the First Test and deliver a level of certainty to the tens of thousands of cricket fans who enjoy watching the Australian team play in at the venue where they have experienced such sustained success.”
 
“We thank the Queensland Government for their openness in listening to Australian Cricket as to what is required to improve the fan experience at the Gabba and these positive talks continue,” he said.
 
Walters welcomed an increase in the number of International women’s matches for the State.
 
“As we ready ourselves to play an important role in the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup next year, it is a fitting reward for the fans who have supported women’s cricket throughout the State,’’ he said.
 
“The success of the WBBL matches in Mackay, where the champion Brisbane Heat side attracted a stand-alone crowd record last season and Cairns, and two sell-out International matches in as many years at Allan Border Field demonstrate there is strong support for the women’s game in Queensland,’’ Walters said.
 
Pakistan have played five Tests at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, drawing once and losing four of the encounters.
 
Pakistan played in the first ever Day/Night Test at the Gabba in 2016 when Australia won an exciting clash by 39 runs.
Tickets for the International matches in Queensland go on sale on 23 May through Ticketek.