19 May 2021
Gabba Ashes Opener
The Gabba will gear up to host one of its most important cricket matches in recent memory later this year with the opening Test of the 2021 Ashes series confirmed today for Brisbane.
Cricket Australia today released its international fixture list for the 2021-22 summer, replete with men’s and women’s Test matches and visits by New Zealand and Sri Lanka for important limited overs series ahead of the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
As well as the first Vodafone Test at the Gabba from Wednesday 8 December, Queensland will host Sri Lanka in two matches in the Dettol T20 International series in February at the Gabba (Feb 13) and Metricon Stadium (Feb 15).
Flanked by current Australian squad members Mitch Swepson and Beth Mooney at today’s announcement at the Gabba, Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the chance to make an emphatic start to an Ashes summer in Brisbane was a significant advantage to the Australian team.
“Australia’s overall record at the venue is the envy of many, and while India was triumphant earlier this year in the thrilling decider to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the team inevitably produces its best when it opens a series at the Gabba,’’ he said.
“With the Queensland Bulls winning the Sheffield Shield this season, it would be amazing to see a distinct maroon tinge to the squad for the opening Ashes Test and have a big Gabba crowd on hand to enjoy the contest.”
“We’re confident that the experience gained during the past 12 months will have cricket well-placed to thrive in Queensland this summer and we will continue to work closely with the Queensland Government and Cricket Australia to deliver great results for the players and the fans,” he said.
Queensland Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said securing the opener for The Ashes was a vote of confidence in The Gabba.
“We know The Gabba is where Australia produces its best performance when it opens a series here, and with a reputation to uphold it makes for a great spectator experience,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“To have the opening Test of the Ashes Series here at The Gabba is a bonus for Queensland and international cricket fans.
“It’s a significant vote of confidence in The Gabba and our plans for its future.
“There are few experiences as quintessentially Queensland as a summer’s day at The Gabba watching cricket, and there is no more iconic a cricketing event than The Ashes.
“For atmosphere, the Gabba is second to none.”
Australia has won the First Test of a series at the Gabba on 22 occasions, with a further seven draws, since 1988.
It has beaten England on six occasions, with two draws, in the opening Test of an Ashes series in Australia since 1986 when the visitors last won at the venue.
The Ian Botham-inspired tourists clinched a memorable seven-wicket victory to open the 1986 tour with a win, putting them on track to retain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win.
In addition to the Ashes series, the Australian men’s team will host Afghanistan for a Test for the first time ever before finishing with nine Dettol ODI and T20 matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, while the Australian women’s team will host India at the start of the summer before taking on England in their Ashes title defence.
Public tickets to the 2021-22 summer of cricket will be available in mid-June with priority access given to Australian Cricket Family members. Corporate hospitality options available from early June.
Fans can buy their tickets today through a special early access window exclusively for Cricket Australia’s interstate travel program by visiting ashes.cricket.com.au.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, said Australian cricket was excited for the action-packed summer ahead.
“Building on a fantastic summer of cricket just gone, we are absolutely thrilled to announce our women’s and men’s international fixtures for the 2021-22 summer of cricket,” Hockley said.
“The lessons learned from successfully delivering a safe summer in 20-21 gives us confidence on what we’re able to achieve, and we’re all hoping for a summer of full crowds and an Ashes atmosphere we’re all accustomed to.
“International touring and associated quarantine means additional work and sacrifice for all involved, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone coming to Australia this summer – the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Afghanistan Cricket Board, New Zealand Cricket and Sri Lanka Cricket.
“The 2020-21 summer produced one of the greatest Test series ever, and this season promises to be just as big, if not bigger.
“The drama of the Ashes rivalry, the intrigue of a first-ever Test against Afghanistan, the passion of an Australia-India series and the excitement of white ball series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka is an extraordinary line-up which will see the best players competing on the world stage right across Australia.”
CA has considered quarantine periods for all international series into its 2021-22 fixture in line with current guidelines. CA continues to work closely with relevant Federal and State Government agencies and will provide updates on international quarantine, domestic biosecurity, and crowd measures in due course.
Fans will be able to watch and listen to the 2021-22 summer of cricket across Cricket Australia’s broadcast partners Foxtel, Channel Seven, Kayo, SEN and the ABC.