Almanac Cricket – Australia v West Indies: Tests played at The Gabba

 

Image: The ‘Gabba – Commons.Wikimedia

 

 

The Second Test of the current Australia v West Indies Test series begins later today at The Gabba in Brisbane after Australia won the First Test by 10 wickets in Adelaide last week. This will be the thirteenth time these teams have faced off at the famous ground but the first time as a day/night match. The most memorable match to date was, of course, the famous Tied Test in the 1960/61 series.

 

Weather conditions may play a significant part in the current game with a cyclone in North Queensland likely to have flow-on effects throughout the State later in the week.

 

Here’s a link to help you revisit all previous Tests between these two sides at this ground. You might like to share any memories you have of Gabba Tests against the Windies in the Comments section below.

 

Keep an eye on the Almanac site in the coming days as you’re likely to find daily match reports from our cricket stalwart, ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber.

 

 

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Comments

  1. 1975-76 was a ripper, the first bout in a series to determine who was number 1 in the world.

    The Windies scored at a phenomenal rate, lunch on the opening day there were something like 6-120. They were out around tea, then Australia started well with the openers putting on 99 before Ian Redpath was run out. With Greg Chappell leading the way with 123 in his debut innings as captain, we led by 152.

    The Windies fought back as Lawrence Rowe, and Alvin Kallicharan, both reached three figures before Terry Jenner, in his last test, picked up key wickets. Eventually Australia chased 219 to win which they did by 8 wickets. An unbroken stand of 159 by the Chappell brothers got us home .Another ton to Greg Chappell in the second innings.

    Watching it on the old B&W TV was wonderful, though the match over on the fourth day. If only this current clash can get into the fourth day

    Glen!

  2. Yes, Glen!, they got there in a canter in the end but only after an engrossing tussle.

    My father took me to Day 3 of the 1968 game. (It might have been an early 16th birthday present.) My abiding memory is of Sobers scoring the most understated 36 – he just eased to that score without seemingly raising even a hint of a sweat – graceful, effortless. Then, most unexpectedly (and disappointingly) he was out to Gleeson. Meanwhile, at the other end, a young Clive Lloyd carved out a brutal century, a sign of things to come almost a decade later.

    The air up here is pretty heavy today so we may see the ball really hoop about. The rain is expected mostly from Sunday so we might get a result in spite of it.

  3. Russel Hansen says

    I remember us piling into the car (VW golf – diesel … that little car loved hills!) and driving from Kingaroy to the Gabba in 1979 for the Brisbane test. We would have unedited highlights on the old super 8 film somewhere, the reels possibly in an old, late 70’s vintage cardboard ‘port’. What do I remember about Aust v West Indies as a 12year old?

    First test I saw live: what great memories!

    I remember: the buzz of the commentary as the crowd listened to the game on ABC radio, prior to headphones, apps, and the like. I can still hear the dulcet tones of Alan MaGilvray: “and to this ball from Roberts, Laird is playing back and across.”

    I remember thinking: how far back are the keeper and the slips standing?

    It was difficult to see the ball!

    The saunter of the West Indian fielders.

    The pace of Michael Holding and his mates

    Going to McDonalds (a big city treat) so we could get the season poster: Australia, West Indies and England

    Good times!

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/west-indies-tour-of-australia-1979-80-61903/australia-vs-west-indies-1st-test-63253/full-scorecard

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