Ashes 2010: Australia’s Formidable Record at the Gabba

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97 Days Until The Ashes…

above: Fortress Gabba

Can England see the back of the Gabba Unscathed???

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will no doubt be urging their side to make a good start to the Ashes series in Brisbane, which starts in 97 days. Certainly when England last won an Ashes series in Australia, Mike Gatting’s side eased to a comfortable seven wicket win at The Gabba in advance of securing an eventual 2-1 series victory.

Since then England have had a diabolical time of it on the Gold Coast with heavy defeats in 1990, 1994, 2002 and 2006. It would have been five defeats out of five but for a seasonal thunderstorm saving Alec Stewart’s side in 1998.

However, this is hardly a surprise. Since that defeat in 1986, Australia have only lost one other test at Brisbane (to West Indies in 1988) and have won 17 of 23 matches as the table below shows:

Australia’s record at the Gabba 1986-present
Result Margin Opposition Start Date
lost 7 wickets v England 14-Nov-86
won 9 wickets v New Zealand 04-Dec-87
lost 9 wickets v West Indies 18-Nov-88
draw v Sri Lanka 08-Dec-89
won 10 wickets v England 23-Nov-90
won 10 wickets v India 29-Nov-91
draw v West Indies 27-Nov-92
won inns & 96 runs v New Zealand 03-Dec-93
won 184 runs v England 25-Nov-94
won inns & 126 runs v Pakistan 09-Nov-95
won 123 runs v West Indies 22-Nov-96
won 186 runs v New Zealand 07-Nov-97
draw v England 20-Nov-98
won 10 wickets v Pakistan 05-Nov-99
won inns & 126 runs v West Indies 23-Nov-00
draw v New Zealand 08-Nov-01
won 384 runs v England 07-Nov-02
draw v India 04-Dec-03
won inns & 156 runs v New Zealand 18-Nov-04
won 379 runs v West Indies 03-Nov-05
won 277 runs v England 23-Nov-06
won inns & 40 runs v Sri Lanka 08-Nov-07
won 149 runs v New Zealand 20-Nov-08
won inns & 65 runs v West Indies 26-Nov-09

This is a formidable record and one Strauss and Flower must look to overcomeĀ if England want to head to Adelaide either ahead or on level terms. One senses that if they do thenĀ it could be Strauss holding the little urn come Sydney in early January.

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