India vs Australia: Why is the Brisbane game called the “The Gabba” test?


The India v Australia series once again lived up to it with another thrilling series. After Australia won the first Pink Ball Test in Adelaide by knocking out India for a minimum of 88 of 36, Ajinkya Rahane’s Indian cricket team defied the odds and achieved a memorable Boxing victory Day Test in Melbourne. India showed extraordinary courage and determination in Sydney to force a memorable draw after many players battled with injuries. As the final test in Brisbane approaches, India is missing out on the services of Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and Jasprit Bumrah as they battle injuries sustained during the Sydney test. To make matters worse, the Indian cricket team are heading for the final test which will be played at The Gabba.

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Why is Brisbane’s game called Gabba’s test? Why is the soil known as “Le Gabbatoir”? The answers to this are very simple. Brisbane Cricket Ground is located in the suburb of Woolloongabba and in order to facilitate pronunciation, they shortened the name to Gabba. This is why the Brisbane Test is called The Gabba Test because it is played on behalf of the suburbs there. As for the name “Gabbatoir”, it is due to the supreme record of the Australian cricket team at the site. To throw in the hostile crowd and the conditions of express rhythm, bounce and swing, the ground represents an absolute cauldron where only the toughest survive.

Australia’s great record for Gabba

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There have been many examples from Australia showing its class in Brisbane. From 1974 to 1975, England and the West Indies were subjected to a fierce wave of bowling from Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson. In fact, it was the West Indies that last defeated Australia at this venue in 1988. England have never won a Test in Brisbane since 1986 when Ian Botham hit a century.

In 62 tests that Australia have played in Brisbane since 1931, Australia have lost only eight times, one game being tied against the West Indies in 1960. In fact, apart from England, the West Indies and New Zealand. -Zeeland, no nation has managed to beat Australia. in Brisbane.

However, since 1988, after their nine-wicket loss to the West Indies, Australia have made 32 tests and drawn seven. One of the draws was against India in 2003, but it was a game. ruined by rain. This is only the third time that Gabba has held a test in January, the previous ones being in 1968 against India and 2019 against Sri Lanka. In both matches, Australia won by 39 points and by one set and 40 points against India and Sri Lanka. In the case of Sri Lanka, it was the Pink Ball Test. Australia have won seven consecutive tests since their last draw against South Africa in 2012 and are hoping to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after a six-year gap.

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