You can’t write about the Gabba without at least mentioning the suburb’s most prominent feature, which of course is “The Gabba”. There would be very few Australians who would be unaware that it’s Brisbane’s cricket and AFL stadium (at least among the blokes anyway) so I’ll try to provide some interesting facts and trivia for you to impress your mates with!
The land for The Gabba was set aside for use as a cricket ground in 1895, though it was another 36 years before Australia played a test match there. Probably the most famous moment in The Gabba’s history would be the first ever tied test which was between Australia and the West Indies in the summer of 1960/61. The image of the deciding run-out (pictured) is one of the best known cricketing images of all time.
In Test cricket the average runs per wicket at The Gabba is 31.82, while the average runs per over is 3.1. The biggest individual innings was 226 by Don Bradman in 1931/32 and the highest team innings was 645 by Australia verse England in 1946/47.
I could give the best test bowling figures for an innings and a match but as they are both held by a certain Kiwi all rounder from the mid 80’s it’s actually against Bees Nees company policy to do so!