Smith ready to test Pakistan pacemen
No stranger to long, patient knocks at the Gabba, Steve Smith has warned Pakistan's bowling attack to be prepared to work overtime in the first Test. The match will mark the former Australian captain's first Test on home soil since his ball-tampering ban.
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A sparse Gabba crowd to begin the Test summer hasn't helped the venue's cause as Brisbane fights for an Indian visit next season.
The empty yet colourful maroon, turquoise and gold seats were hard to miss on day one.
Just 13,561 watched Pakistan battle a patient Australian bowling attack on Thursday, with the two-Test series ending with a pink ball Test in Adelaide later this month.
India will play four Tests in Australia next summer, while Afghanistan will visit for the first time for a one-off Test preceding that series.
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"One thing that worries me about Will Pucovski is this simple question : How will the Australian selectors ever know when it is right to pick Pucovski for a Test again?” he told SEN's Whateley.“Because twice he has been chosen for a Gabba test. He wasn’t officially chosen, but he was going to play. There was no was Cam Bancroft was in this squad ahead of him. Zero. Pucovski was going to be in the squad.“Twice he has pulled out on the precipice of a Test debut, so he could go back and score 220 in an innings for Victoria and then he climbs up to the place he was.
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The new Optus Stadium in Perth, refurbished Adelaide Oval, plus Melbourne and Sydney's traditional Boxing Day and New Years slots leave the Gabba fifth in the pecking order and as the most likely venue for that maiden Test encounter.
In the Gabba's favour are the major public transport upgrades underway as part of a long-term rejuvenation of the precinct, plus the fact Australia haven't lost a Test at the venue since 1988.
But small crowds, albeit for games in awkward time slots, haven't helped the stadium in the short term.
Less than 12,000 turned up for a low-key Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in October this year, while only 13,900 attended day one of the twilight Test against the same opponent in January.
Joe Burns denied successive Test centuries
Opening batsman Joe Burns has fallen agonisingly short of a fifth Test century, bowled sweeping for 97 on day two at the Gabba against Pakistan.The Queensland opener dragged a sweep shot off Yasir Shah onto his stumps for 97 to end a 222-run partnership with David Warner.
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Pakistan last visited the Gabba in 2016 for a twilight Test that broke records as the best non-Ashes attendance, with 26,353 fans through the gates on the first day.
The Gabba has a 42,000-person capacity, with the 2006 Ashes series drawing close to 40,000 fans on each of the first three days.
Not since 2015 has the Gabba hosted the first Test of the summer against a side other than England, when a day one crowd of 16,181 watched Australia and New Zealand.
Labuschagne the ultimate accidental hero .
Marnus Labuschagne has continued to make the most of his Test opportunity in Adelaide by making his second straight century against Pakistan.Labuschagne on Friday backed up his breakthrough Test ton at the Gabba with another at the Adelaide Oval against a deflated Pakistan.