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|
|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|
|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|
|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 overcome if England want to head to Adelaide either ahead or on level terms. One senses that if they do then it could be Strauss holding the little urn come Sydney in early January.
Where Next? Choose from the Latest Cricket Stories…
Liked this post? You should subscribe to our email updates - why subscribe.