A Gabba groundsman waters the pitch in Brisbane.
A Gabba groundsman waters the pitch in Brisbane. DAN PELED

Curator to leave little grass on Gabba wicket

GABBA curator Kevin Mitchell will trim more grass off his pitch for Brisbane's historic day-night Test than Adelaide ground staff did for their recent pink-ball match.

Brisbane officials are wary about leaving too much grass on the pitch, given the extra humidity in Brisbane.

The Gabba pitch for today's Test series opener against Pakistan will sport just 2mm of grass, compared with 6mm in Adelaide.

However, Mitchell is confident it will be business as usual and the conditions will be superb for Brisbane's first taste of pink-ball Test cricket.

"I think the pitch will play pretty similar to a day Test, it won't behave too differently,” he said.

"You just prepare a wicket that is fit for Test cricket ... you are not in control of the atmospheric conditions.

"If we do get some humid weather there might be a bit of a surprise. Both teams have handy bowling attacks and if the ball does move around a bit it will create some challenges for the batsmen.

"But it will be a pretty typical Gabba pitch.”

Mitchell is delighted there is good weather forecast for Brisbane over the next five days, after a torrent of storms in Brisbane last week.

And while he is excited about the pink-ball Test, he is glad Brisbane will go back to having its traditional summer series-opening Test in the Ashes next year.

"We were disappointed we didn't get the first Test (this year) because it's been a traditional thing for Brisbane,” Mitchell said.

"But in the same regard, it is an exciting time to have a day-night Test match.”


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