One of the most iconic cricket stadiums, the Gabba or the Brisbane Cricket Ground, has hosted several famous matches since the late 19th century. The Gabba stadium hosts cricket matches and athletics, cycling, rugby league, football, baseball, concerts, etc. The Gabba stadium owes its name to the suburb in which it is located, known as Woolloongabba. The Gabba was established in 1895. Since then, it has made a massive impression on sports and entertainment lovers thanks to the facilities it provides.
This Brisbane stadium hosted its first-ever match in 1931 between Australia and South Africa. Many important cricketing events and milestones have taken place on the Gabba Cricket ground. For example, it hosted the first-ever T20 international match in the world. It was also the venue of the fourth day-night test match between Australia and Pakistan in 2016.
Many iconic cricketers excelled at the Gabba stadium. Shane Warne took the highest number of wickets here, 22 wickets. Ricky Ponting scored the highest number of test runs at the Gabba, 1,335 runs.
The Gabba stadium has a capacity of 42,000, and it also has spaces for meetings and events. Besides, it provides fantastic views of the oval playing surface from all parts of the stadium, which makes watching sports and entertainment events a real treat at this stadium.
The Gabba stadium pitch provides an ideal surface for batters and bowlers to compete. The pitch offers a lot of pace and bounce; however, it doesn’t have cracks. As a result, the surface remains even throughout 5-day long test matches.
Due to such a pitch, both batsmen and bowlers have an equal chance of excelling even in T20I matches. The first innings’ average score at this ground is 166, which means it’s neither a batsmen’s paradise nor a bowler’s nightmare. Therefore, the contests are more even here, which provides ample entertainment to spectators.
Let’s look at famous records created at the Gabba cricket stadium/ground in Brisbane.
Average 1st Innings scores - 166
Average 2nd Innings scores - 145
Highest total recorded - 209/3 (20 Overs) by AUS vs RSA
Highest score chased - 161/4 (18.5 Overs) by AUS vs RSA
Highest number of test runs by an individual player - Ricky Ponting (1,335 runs)
Highest number of wickets by an individual player - Shane Warne (22 wickets)
|Known as||The Gabba|
|Dimensions||170.6m long, 149.9m wide|
|Ends||Stanley Street End, Vulture Street End|
|Time Zone||UTC +10:00|
|Home||Queensland, Brisbane Heat|
The Gabba stadium in Brisbane will be the venue of four games of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. The most exciting is expected to be a game between England and New Zealand on November 1 at 1:30 PM IST.
Of the other matches at the Gabba stadium, Bangladesh will take on Group B’s winner on October 30, Australia will face Group B’s runner-up on October 31, and Afghanistan will play Group A’s winner on November 1, 2022.
|Oct 30, Sunday||Bangladesh v Group B’s winner||8:30 AM|
|Oct 31, Monday||Australia v Group B’s runner-up||1:30 PM|
|Nov 1, Tuesday||Afghanistan v Group A’s winner||9:30 AM|
|Nov 1, Tuesday||England v New Zealand||1:30 PM|
Did you know?
The first-ever tied test match in cricket history was played at the Gabba Cricket ground. The game was between Australia and West Indies in 1960. West Indies scored 453 runs in the first innings. In reply, Australia scored 505 runs in the second innings, taking a lead of 52 runs.
In the third innings, West Indies made 284 runs, giving Australia a target of 232 runs. Australia made 232 runs in the fourth innings and lost all the ten wickets in an astonishing result. That was the first time a test match was tied.
The Gabba stadium’s pitch offers some of the best playing conditions in Australia. It offers pace and bounces for bowlers. For batters, it provides a surface that doesn’t crack easily. As a result, the pitch doesn’t throw surprises in the form of uneven bounce or unexpected turns. So, if batters can adjust with pace and bounce, they can bat comfortably on this surface.
For bettors, it is essential to predict how a pitch will play. Therefore, Fun88 experts analyse tons of data before a match starts to assess pitch conditions. Watch out for this space as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 begins because we will bring more pitch-related insights for you.
The Gabba stadium owes its name to the suburb of Woolloongabba.
The Gabba Cricket ground does not have a drop-in pitch so far. A certain lobby is putting pressure to ensure that the Gabba has a drop-in pitch, but the ground does not have it so far.
Only two test matches have resulted in a tie in cricket history. The first was at the Gabba in 1960. The second was at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras, in 1986, played between India and Australia.
Football, athletics, baseball, and rugby are also played at the Gabba, apart from Cricket.