The Brisbane Cricket Ground is a multi-speciality stadium situated in the capital city of the state of Queensland in Australia.

Also known as The Gabba, the venue has been the centre stage of some of the most entertaining Test matches played over the years.

Not many sides have managed to breach Australia’s fortress at Brisbane in the longest format of the game, with the Aussies losing only nine Tests since 1931.

The Indian cricket team, being one of them, registered their only win in seven matches at BCG when they managed to script history in the fourth Test of the India tour of Australia 2021.

The Ajinkya Rahane-led side won the thrilling encounter by three wickets as Australia faced their first loss at the venue in 32 years.

Brisbane Cricket Ground Test records

Highest team total

Australia’s 645/10 is the highest Test total recorded at The Gabba.

The huge total came in the first innings of the first Test during England’s tour of Australia in 1946, with Lindsay Hassett and skipper Donald Bradman scoring their centuries.

Australia won the match convincingly by an innings and 332 runs.

Lowest team total

Two teams have registered the lowest total of 58 runs in Tests at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

While Team India was bundled out for 58 runs by Australia in December 1947, the Australian cricket team was bowled out for the same score against England in December 1936.

Highest individual score

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke played a marathon knock of 259* off 398 balls in the first Test against South Africa in November 2012. 

Coming in to bat at No. 5, Clarke kept the scoreboard ticking and helped his team get past Proteas’ first innings total of 450 to take a 115-run lead before declaring. 

Nonetheless, the match ended in a high-scoring draw at the end of five days. 

Best bowling figures

Former New Zealand seamer Richard Hadlee recorded the best bowling figures of 9/52 at the venue in November 1985.

Hadlee’s fiery spell rattled the hosts as they could only post 179/10 on the board.

Courtesy of John Reid and Martin Crowe tons, the Kiwis scored 553/7d to pile more pressure on the Aussies.

Nevertheless, Hadlee continued to spit fire as he took six more wickets in the second innings to win the match for his team by an innings and 41 runs, pushing the hosts to a rare defeat at Brisbane.

Highest partnership

The English duo Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott hold the record for the highest partnership of 329 runs, registered in the first Test of the England tour of Australia 2010.

In the second innings, both the batters remained unbeaten at 235 and 135, respectively, as England set a target of 297 runs for the hosts.

The Australians reached 107/1 at the end of day five as the clash ended in a draw.


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