Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test – The ‘Gabba Blog

“The Cricketer”
by Kate Birrell


The 2019/20 Summer of Test cricket begins today when Australia takes on Pakistan in the First Test at the ‘Gabba. John Butler previewed the series on the Almanac yesterday and it’s pretty hard to dispute his evaluation of  the series as a case of ‘two teams of uncertain quality facing off in potentially ten testing days spread across only the next fortnight’. Australia hasn’t lost in Brisbane for over thirty years; Pakistan can/could/might do anything.


While the Almanac aims to have daily reports from the likes of John Butler, ‘Citrus Bob’ Utber and others, we will also run our usual rolling blog for each match to provide all readers  with the opportunity to express their thoughts on play. Post your contribution using the ‘Comment’ section below.


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  1. Beautiful morning in Brisbane, a bit of smoke haze around but no rain in sight – more’s the pity for a parched land but great for cricket enthusiasts. Lots to look forward to today with much of the interest in the young Pakistan quicks. Let’s see how it all unfurls.

  2. Meanwhile, across the ditch, New Zealand is bowling against England on the first morning of their First Test at Bay Oval, Tauranga. England’s batting order is Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.

  3. Pakistan won the toss and will bat. The Gabba looks a picture!

  4. Twitter going into meltdown over Cummins not taking the new pill.
    Everyone please take a chill pill.

    Good start by Pakistan. 0/29 after 10 overs

  5. Smokie, what won’t Twitter go into meltdown over?

    SOP for Australia in recent times when the ‘Cartel’ has played.

    Exactly the first hour Pakistan needed there. 0/33 off 13

  6. The pitch looks like an old fashioned belter. A high scoring draw? I think Pakistan would take that if it was offered.

    Smokie, the Society of the Perpetually Offended will melt down over anything. I sometimes wonder what actually gives them joy and hope in life.

  7. A good session for the visitors! Lyon looked best for the Aussies. Ch 7 coverage – opinion reserved at this stage.

  8. John Butler says

    In a sack full of Lanes or Mitchells, with my luck I’d pull out a Brayshaw.

  9. John Butler says

    Great sustained pressure from Cummins and Hazlewood after lunch.

    Pakistan now 2-75.

  10. Now the ‘test’ comes for Pakistan. After the initial grind, which both sides had done well to this point, you have to keep going. Aussies break through, Pakistan back to Square 1.

    And there’s another one! 4/78. This could get nasty.

  11. Well, there’s our first little bit of controversy. Rizwan looks to be unlucky to be given out. Let’s wait for the meltdown, Smokie.

  12. A certain third umpire should have gone to SPEC SAVERS. However this is not the first time this has happened. Remember Daniel Vettori getting Shane Warne’s wicket from a no ball. Warne was on 99 at the time.

  13. Not overly impressed so far with the Channel 7 coverage. Too many ‘experts’, too much babble – it’s about the cricket, not you. Well done to Alison Mitchell, the most informative of them all. Remember that the doyen, Benaud, was eloquent in his brevity. Camera work and image continuity/editing very ordinary – perhaps more experience will see improvement.

  14. Pakistan lost 8-32 in two separate collapses certainly a day of fluctuating fortunes

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  16. Colin Ritchie says

    Why is it fast bowlers consistently bowl short of a length when most wickets are obtained from bowling on a good length? I’d be interested to know the %s if they are known/available.

  17. Colin Ritchie says

    Great start by the Aussies, 100 without loss and a partnership that Warner and Burns are in a great position to build upon. It’s looking very easy out there at the moment!

  18. Perhaps my suggestion that the pitch is a belter wasn’t too far off. Happy to see Burns doing well – should have been the Ashes opener.

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