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Gabba Unlikely to Host Test Series Opener Against India, Sydney or Melbourne in Contention

India's Tour of Australia to start in November (Credit: Getty Images)

The Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba is likely to miss out on the opportunity of hosting the first Test between India and Australia when the Men in Blue tour down under in December. Australia is unbeaten at The Gabba in Tests since the last 32 years, which is why the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) was keen to get off the series started at the iconic venue.

Historically, Adelaide holds the second, Melbourne the third and Sydney holds the fourth Test match whenever India has toured Australia in the last decade and a half. However, with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, this time around, there might be a change in the schedule.

Gabba unlikely to host Test series opener India

Meanwhile, Sydney has also shown interest in hosting the first Test. Gabba, if it does not host the first Test will probably host the fourth as per the sources.

Meanwhile, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood said that they would have loved to start at the Gabba, given their record is fantastic at the venue.

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“Things are out of our control a little bit at the moment. We’d love to start in Brissy; we’ve got such a great record there,” Hazlewood said.

He further added that as per the given situation, they will have to accept how they are.

“This year will be a lot different, things will happen pretty quickly with plans and preparations. We love playing in Adelaide, whether it’s red ball or pink ball, I can’t see a difference there. It’s always a great wicket with bat and ball.”

Meanwhile, the Australian team is in England for a limited-overs series. Though they lost the T20I series, they remain at the top of the ICC T20I rankings, courtesy their win over their arch-rivals in the final game.

The teams now will face off in a three-match ODI series starting from September 11 in Manchester.