Brisbane assured of Test future


Brisbane's immediate future as a Test host is guaranteed after a new three-year deal with Cricket Australia (CA) was announced.

Poor crowds, particularly during last year's first Test between the hosts and New Zealand, had threatened the Gabba's place on the calendar.

However, a fresh deal has been signed that will see Brisbane host a Test for the next three years, as well as a one-day international and Twenty20 each season.

The Gabba is also set to see Australia play Pakistan in a day-night Test later this year.

"Australia's record at the Gabba has been exceptional and the fact we remain undefeated at the Gabba since 1988 underlines that record," CA executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard said.

"As a consequence the Australian players always look forward to a Gabba Test.

"The first Gabba day-night Test will be a wonderful occasion. It's a great opportunity for the Queensland fans to come in school holidays and it is an ideal way to celebrate the partnership with very accessible ticket pricing.

"We are all excited to see what it will be like to play in front of what is expected to be a massive Gabba crowd."