Questions over Gabba Test loss

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The Queensland government has to answer for Australia’s losing start to the home Test cricket season, the state opposition says.

The Gabba, where Australia has not lost since 1988, surrendered hosting rights for the summer’s first Test after being overtaken as a preferred venue.

A dismissed England captain Joe Root leaving the Gabba field during the first Ashes Test in 2017.
A dismissed England captain Joe Root leaving the Gabba field during the first Ashes Test in 2017.Credit:Dave Hunt/AAP

While touring sides have year after year struggled to cope with the extra bounce of the “Gabbatoir” wicket, Cricket Australia’s decision to give the upgraded Adelaide Oval first-Test hosting duties appeared to backfire with India’s 31-run win on Monday.

CA boss James Sutherland admitted this year the Gabba had “slipped down the rankings” of Test stadiums before being overlooked for Adelaide, where Australia has been less dominant.

The 1-0 series deficit could have been avoided, according to the state opposition.

“Would the result have been different? I don’t know. But the win record in Brisbane is quite astonishing,” deputy opposition leader Tim Mander said.

The Gabba, which has recorded small crowds for Test matches in recent years, will instead host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from January 24 which runs over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We’ve now been relegated to consolation Test matches. It’s just not right,” Mr Mander said.

“You just can’t build a stadium and think they can sit there for 20 years and not having anything done.

“(The government) needs to explain why these stadiums aren’t at a standard that would allow us to get these games back.”

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