Tasmania cricket team
The Tasmanian cricket team, nicknamed the Tigers, represents the Australian state of Tasmania in cricket. They compete annually in the Australian domestic senior men's cricket season, which consists of the first-class Sheffield Shield and the limited overs Matador BBQs One-Day Cup. Tasmania played in the first first-class cricket match in Australia against Victoria in 1851, which they won by three wickets. Despite winning their first match, producing many fine cricketers in the late 19th century, Tasmania was overlooked when the participants in Australian first-class tournament known as the Sheffield Shield were chosen in 1892. For nearly eighty years the Tasmanian side played an average of only two or three first-class matches per year against one of the mainland Australian teams, or warm-up matches against a touring international test team. Tasmania were admitted to regular competitions when they became a founding member of the Gillette Cup domestic one day cricket tournament upon its inception in 1969.
They have performed well in it, winning it four times, having been runners-up twice. It took a further eight seasons before Tasmania were admitted into the Sheffield Shield in 1977–78, it was on a reduced fixtures list, but by the 1979–80 season, they had become full participants, progressed towards competitiveness within the tournament, first winning in the 2006–07 season—after 30 years in the competition. In the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash the Tigers have yet to win, but were runners-up in 2006–07. Tasmania play their limited overs cricket in a predominantly green uniform, with red and gold as their secondary colours, have a Tasmanian tiger as their team logo, they play home matches at Bellerive Oval, Clarence on Hobart's Eastern Shore, though matches are played at venues in Devonport and Launceston. Cricket certainly has been played in Tasmania since the time of European settlement in 1803, it was a popular pastime among marines. The first recorded match is known to have taken place in 1806, although it is most that unrecorded matches were being played at this time.
According to the colony's chaplain, famed diarist, Robert Knopwood by 1814 the game had become popular around the festive season at Christmas. By the 1820s there had still not been any official club organisation, but matches were being played on a regular basis. Cricket is recorded as having been played in the settlements at Richmond, Clarence Plains, Sorell, in the Macquarie Valley west of Campbell Town, Evandale and Hadspen. Many of these matches seem to have been organised between hotel licensees, in order to create profits through the sale of food and beverages, through betting on the outcome. One such match, arranged in March 1826 by Joseph Bowden, the hotelier of the Lamb Inn on Brisbane Street was played for a winner's purse of 50 guineas between "Eleven Gentlemen from the Counties of Sussex and Kent against the choice of the whole Island of Van Diemen’s Land". There is no evidence to suggest an "official cricket season" during the first two decades of the colony, many of these games seem to have been played around June and July, to coincide with the traditional English cricket season, rather than the Tasmanian summer.
Accounts of such matches suggest games were played in atrocious conditions due to winter rains and cold conditions. But by the 1830s, logic had prevailed and cricket seems to have reverted to the southern summer months. Club cricket had become well-established by the 1830s. One of the earliest men responsible for organising cricket within the colony was John Marshall, established the Hobart Town Club soon after his arrival from England. Soon after in 1835 the Derwent Cricket Club was formed making it the oldest surviving cricket club in Tasmania, in 1841, the Launceston Cricket Club was formed, making it the second oldest surviving cricket club in Tasmania, third oldest in Australia. Cricket had soon spread into many regional settlements throughout the Colony of Tasmania, making it one of the most popular pastimes there; some matches were played with large banquets following play. By the late 1840s organised cricket was doing well in both Hobart and Launceston, was spreading throughout the colony.
In 1850 the first "North" versus "South" match was held in Oatlands, midway between Hobart and Launceston, won by the South. The success of the match prompted promoters to organise an inter-colonial match, the inaugural first-class cricket match played in Tasmania, the first first-class cricket match in Australia, was played in 1851 between Victoria and Tasmania in Launceston at the Launceston Racecourse; the game was billed as "The Gentlemen of Port Phillip versus the Gentlemen of Van Diemen's Land". The game featured four-ball overs and no boundaries, attracted a crowd of about 2500 spectators, it was a timeless match, but only lasted for two days. Tasmania emerged victorious by three wickets. Despite winning the first first-class match in the Australian colonies, Tasmania felt its geographic isolation in the form of a lack of competition. Few touring sides wished to undertake the long sea journey to the island in the late 19th century; the game developed more with Tasmanian clubs maintaining a belief in amateurism at a time when mainland clubs were turning to professionals to further their development.
A lack of innovation stymied progress. The Victorian side that visited in 1858 had adopted the new round arm form of bowling, it demolished the Tasmanian batting order unused to the technique; the population decline of the 1850s as Tasmanians moved to the Vict
Victoria cricket team
The Victoria cricket team, who were named Victorian Bushrangers between 1995 and 2018, is an Australian first-class cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. The Victoria cricket team, which first played in 1851, represents the state of Victoria in the Sheffield Shield first-class competition and the JLT One Day Cup competition; the team shares home matches between the Junction Oval. The team is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Victoria's Premier Cricket competition and throughout the country. Victoria played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, replaced by the franchise-based Big Bash League. Victoria is the second-most successful state team in Australian first-class cricket, having won 32 Sheffield Shield titles, the most recent of, in the 2018–19 season; the Victorians have claimed six One-Day Cups and four KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tiles. The team's origins date back to the start of Australian cricket when the Melbourne Cricket Club was formed in 1838, in that same year an MCC team played its first match against the Victorian Military.
However, the first official inter-colonial game was contested between Port Phillip and Van Diemen's Land in 1851, in Launceston. Victoria was the dominant force in the early days of Australian first-class cricket, winning two of the first three Sheffield Shield tournaments, most of its early domestic friendly games against the other states; the first game between the great rivals Victoria and New South Wales was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1856. The annual Sheffield Shield tournament first began in the 1892/93 season, contested by Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Victoria won that tournament by defeating both opponents twice each. During the history of the Shield, Victoria has won the competition 30 times, most in the 2015/16 season; the Victorian Cricket Association, now Cricket Victoria, was founded in 1895 and since March 2018 has been based at its headquarters, the Junction Oval in St Kilda. Victoria has featured a significant number of cricketing greats, such as Warwick Armstrong, Bill Woodfull, Bill Ponsford, Neil Harvey, Hugh Trumble, Lindsay Hassett, Dean Jones, Jack Blackham, Jack Ryder, Bill Lawry, Bob Cowper, Shane Warne, Keith Miller and Ian Redpath..
Victoria has been a powerful force in Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team has, at least until recent decades, never been short of Victorians in the line up. The tradition of starting a cricket match at the MCG on Boxing Day featured Victoria when they played New South Wales in 1965. Victoria is the only first-class cricket team to have scored over 1,000 in an innings, which it achieved twice in the 1920s – 1,023 against Tasmania in 1922–23, 1,107 against New South Wales in 1926–27. Throughout its history, Victoria's dominant colour has been navy blue, either in full when playing One-Day or Twenty20 competitions or on predominantly white kits in first-class cricket; the team logo replicates that of Cricket Victoria and has done so since the organisation chose to cease referring to the Bushrangers nickname when describing the men's team. The current major sponsor of the team is the CitiPower. Squad for the 2018/19 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold.
Source: Sheffield Shield Titles –: 1882/83, 1894/95, 1897/98, 1898/99, 1900/01, 1907/08, 1914/15, 1921/22, 1923/24, 1924/25, 1927/28, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1936/37, 1946/47, 1950/51, 1962/63, 1966/67, 1969/70, 1973/74, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1990/91, 2003/04, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19. National One Day Cup Titles –: 1971/72, 1979/80, 1994/95, 1998/99, 2010/11, 2018/19, KFC Twenty20 Big Bash Titles –: 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10 First Class Batting Records for Victoria First Class Bowling Records for Victoria Cricket Victoria Cricket Australia List of Victoria first-class cricketers List of international cricketers from Victoria Official Website of the Victorian cricket team Official Website of Cricket Australia
Junction Oval is a historic sports ground in the suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia. Its location near the St Kilda Junction gave rise to its name, it is located five kilometres from the centre of Melbourne and is in the southernmost part of the large Albert Park sporting precinct. Between 2015 and 2018, the oval underwent a $40 million redevelopment designed to make it the administrative headquarters of Cricket Victoria. Junction Oval was established on its present site in 1856; the first grandstand at the ground was purchased from the old Elsternwick racecourse and erected in 1892 at the southern end of the ground. A new grandstand was built in 1925-6 at a cost of £7000, designed by the architect E J Clark and built by H H Eilenberg, it was called the G P Newman Stand but has been renamed the Kevin Murray Stand after one of the Fitzroy Football Club's most famous footballers. A second brick stand designed by E J Clark to complement the Murray Stand was built by H H Eilenberg in 1933-4 at a cost of £7500.
It was named the Don Blackie-Bert Ironmonger Stand in honour of the St Kilda Cricket Club and Test cricketers. It still functions as a public pavilion. A new £6000 manual scoreboard and kiosk at the northern end of the ground was built in 1956-7, the cricket club's centenary year; the current capacity of the ground is 7,000. The scoreboard is a landmark of the St Kilda Junction area. There are two main heritage grandstands, the Blackie-Ironmonger stand built by the St Kilda Cricket Club, the Kevin Murray grandstand; the remainder of the ground is terraced asphalt, with grass embankments at the rear. Older structures were demolished during a rationalisation of the ground, after they were declared a fire hazard by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1988, it is a picturesque venue, with a top-quality turf playing area and a modern backdrop of tall buildings and parkland. Cricket great Shane Warne has had a long association with the St Kilda Cricket Ground, not only making his first class debut at the ground for Victoria in 1991, but playing there on numerous occasions between 1989 and 2006 for his club side, St Kilda.
Due to these connections, the club began discussions in 2010 to rename the ground the Shane Warne Oval. Though such a change never occurred, Warne has spoken on behalf of the campaign to preserve the ground's suitability as a venue for first-class cricket. In December 2014, the Victorian Government announced it would contribute $25 million to the redevelopment of the venue, to allow it to become the administrative and training headquarters of Cricket Victoria. By the end of 2015, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia, in combination with the Melbourne Cricket Club, contributed the extra $15 million necessary to allow the redevelopment to proceed; the redevelopment of the venue incorporated several new features: A boutique-sized alternate first-class venue with a capacity of up to 7000. The upgraded venue was unveiled ahead of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales on 3 March 2018. Junction Oval was founded in tandem with the St Kilda Cricket Club, who have called the ground home since its opening in 1856.
The club plays in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition and has a rich history of success at the venue. Prior to the redevelopment in 2015–18, the venue had hosted 28 first-class cricket matches, including 25 Sheffield Shield games; the lack of upgrades to the oval meant that by 2005 the venue failed to meet first-class standards, though in retaining its charm it was compared to the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The need for a first-class standard cricket ground in Victoria, in addition to the 100,000 seat capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, became apparent as the state team was forced to host Sheffield Shield finals in interstate locations; the redevelopment of the ground in the mid-2010’s allowed Victoria and other teams to host matches at an appropriately-sized venue, relieving pressure on the MCG and enabling the oval to become capable of hosting Women's Big Bash League matches and other cricket competitions where necessary. As well as being the administrative headquarters of Cricket Victoria, the venue is referred to as the CitiPower Centre.
Prior to redevelopment, Victoria utilised the oval during the 2005–06 season when the Melbourne Cricket Ground was being prepared for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In the early 1990s it was used because of the construction of the Great Southern Stand at the MCG, it played host to the 2008/09 Sheffield Shield final, won by the Bushrangers, due to the unavailability of the MCG, because of the Bushfire relief concert. As a result of the redevelopment, the Victorian state team plays many home games in the domestic One-Day Cup and Sheffield Shield competitions at the oval. Success at the redeveloped ground came for the Victorians, who won their sixth One-Day Cup and 32nd Sheffield Shield at the Junction Oval during th
Australia national cricket team
The Australia national cricket team is the joint oldest team in Test cricket history, having played in the first Test match in 1877. The team plays One-Day International and Twenty20 International cricket, participating in both the first ODI, against England in the 1970–71 season and the first T20I, against New Zealand in the 2004–05 season, winning both games; the team draws its players from teams playing in the Australian domestic competitions – the Sheffield Shield, the Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament and the Big Bash League. The national team has played 820 Test matches, winning 386, losing 222, drawing 210 and tying 2; as of March 2019, Australia is ranked fourth in the ICC Test Championship on 104 rating points. Australia is the most successful team in Test cricket history, in terms of overall wins, win-loss ratio and wins percentage; the Australian cricket team has played 932 ODI matches, winning 566, losing 323, tying 9 and with 34 ending in a no-result. As of March 2019, Australia is ranked fifth in the ICC ODI Championship on 102 rating points, though have been ranked first for 141 of 185 months since its introduction in 2002.
Australia have made a record seven World Cup final appearances and have won the World Cup a record five times in total. Australia is the first team to appear in four consecutive World Cup finals, surpassing the old record of three consecutive World Cup appearances by the West Indies and the first team to win 3 consecutive World Cups; the team was undefeated in 34 consecutive World Cup matches until 19 March at the 2011 Cricket World Cup where Pakistan beat them by 4 wickets. It is the second team to win a World Cup on home soil, after India. Australia have won the ICC Champions Trophy twice making them the first and the only team to become back to back winners in the Champions Trophy tournaments; the national team has played 116 Twenty20 International matches, winning 60, losing 52, tying 2 and with 2 ending in a no-result. As of March 2019, Australia is ranked third in the ICC T20I Championship on 120 rating points. Additionally, the team made the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. On 12 January 2019, Australia won the first ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground by 34 runs, to record their 1,000th win in international cricket.
The Australian cricket team participated in the first Test match at the MCG in 1877, defeating an English team by 45 runs, with Charles Bannerman making the first Test century, a score of 165 retired hurt. Test cricket, which only occurred between Australia and England at the time, was limited by the long distance between the two countries, which would take several months by sea. Despite Australia's much smaller population, the team was competitive in early games, producing stars such as Jack Blackham, Billy Murdoch, Fred "The Demon" Spofforth, George Bonnor, Percy McDonnell, George Giffen and Charles "The Terror" Turner. Most cricketers at the time were either from New South Wales or Victoria, with the notable exception of George Giffen, the star South Australian all-rounder. A highlight of Australia's early history was the 1882 Test match against England at The Oval. In this match, Fred Spofforth took 7/44 in the game's fourth innings to save the match by preventing England from making their 85-run target.
After this match The Sporting Times, a major newspaper in London at the time, printed a mock obituary in which the death of English cricket was proclaimed and the announcement made that "the body was cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." This was the start of the famous Ashes series in which Australia and England play a series of Test matches to decide the holder of the Ashes. To this day, the contest is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport; the so-called'Golden Age' of Australian Test cricket occurred around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with the team under the captaincy of Joe Darling, Monty Noble and Clem Hill winning eight of ten tours. It is considered to have lasted from the 1897–98 English tour of Australia and the 1910–11 South African tour of Australia. Outstanding batsmen such as Joe Darling, Clem Hill, Reggie Duff, Syd Gregory, Warren Bardsley and Victor Trumper, brilliant all-rounders including Monty Noble, George Giffen, Harry Trott and Warwick Armstrong and excellent bowlers including Ernie Jones, Hugh Trumble, Tibby Cotter, Bill Howell, Jack Saunders and Bill Whitty, all helped Australia to become the dominant cricketing nation for most of this period.
Victor Trumper became one of Australia's first sporting heroes, was considered Australia's greatest batsman before Bradman and one of the most popular players. He played a record number of Tests at 49 and scored 3163 runs at a high for the time average of 39.04. His early death in 1915 at the age of 37 from kidney disease caused national mourning; the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, in its obituary for him, called him Australia's greatest batsman: "Of all the great Australian batsmen Victor Trumper was by general consent the best and most brilliant."The years leading up to the start of World War I were marred by conflict between the players, led by Clem Hill, Victor Trumper and Frank Laver, the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket, led by Peter McAlister, attempting to gain more control of tours from the players. This led to six leading players walking out on the 1912 Triangular Tournament in England, with Australia fielding what was considered a second-rate side; this was the last series before the war, no more cricket was played by A
South Australia cricket team
The South Australia cricket team, named West End Redbacks, nicknamed the ’Southern Redbacks’, is an Australian men's professional first class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Redbacks play their home matches at Adelaide Oval and are the state cricket team for South Australia, representing the state in the Sheffield Shield competition and the limited overs Ryobi One-Day Cup, their Ryobi One-Day Cup uniform features a red body with black sleeves. They are known as the West End Redbacks due to a sponsorship agreement with West End; the Redbacks competed in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, but were succeeded by the Adelaide Strikers in 2011 because this league was replaced with the Big Bash League. The earliest known first-class match played by South Australia took place against Tasmania on the Adelaide Oval in November 1877. In 1892–93 they joined New South Wales and Victoria and played the inaugural Sheffield Shield season. South Australia won the Shield in just their second attempt.
They have won the competition 13 times in total while they have twice won the One Day tournament now known as the Ryobi One Day Cup. They are the current holders of the KFC 20/20 Big Bash trophy, defeating NSW in the 2010/11 final at Adelaide Oval. Over the years many successful international cricketers have played for South Australia. Clarrie Grimmett played with them during the 1920s and 30s, taking a total of 668 wickets which remains a state record. In 1934 Donald Bradman joined the club after playing with New South Wales, started with scores of 117, 233 and 357 in his first three innings. Others include the Chappell brothers, David Hookes, Darren Lehman,Gil Langley, Jason Gillespe and Terry Jenner. South Australia have imported cricketers to play for them, the most famous being Gary Sobers who appeared in three seasons during the early 1960s and Barry Richards. Richards played just one season with South Australia but managed to set a state record for most runs in a season, making 1538 runs in 1970–71.
Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup 1963–64 1968–69 1970–71 1975–76 1981–82 1995–96One-day Cups 1983–84 1986–87 2011–12KFC Twenty20 Big Bash/Big Bash League 2010/11 Players with international caps are listed in bold. Most runs for South Australia Highest individual score: Don Bradman 369 vs Tasmania in 1935/36Most centuries: Darren Lehmann 42Most runs in a season: Barry Richards 1538 runs in 1970/71Highest partnership: David Hookes and Wayne Phillips 462* vs Tasmania in 1986/87Highest team score: 821-7d vs Queensland in 1939/40Most wickets for South Australia Most wickets in a season: Shaun Tait 65Most wickets in an innings: Tim Wall 10/36 vs NSW in 1932/33Most wickets in a match: George Giffen 17/201 vs Victoria in 1885/86 List of South Australian representative cricketers List of international cricketers from South Australia Official Website of the South Australia cricket team Official Website of Cricket Australia Article on team's history from Cricinfo
Women's Big Bash League
The Women's Big Bash League is the Australian women's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. The WBBL replaced the Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup, which ran from the 2007–08 season through to the 2014–15 season; the competition features eight city-based franchises, branded identically to the franchises in the men's Big Bash League. A number of matches during the competition's inaugural 2015–16 season were broadcast by Network Ten, a free-to-air network; the naming rights sponsor for the WBBL is Rebel Sport. The current champions of this tournament are the Brisbane Heat Women. In early 2014, the formation of an international women's Twenty20 competition, based around the franchise model of the Indian Premier League was announced. Headed by former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar and Australian businessman Shaun Martyn, it was proposed that the six teams, based in Singapore, would all be owned, players earning over $US40,000 per season. There was strong support from top female players for the concept, support was sought from the International Cricket Council, while former international cricketers Geoff Lawson and Clive Lloyd were on the board of the organisation.
The concept was dealt a blow in early June, when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that they would refuse to release centrally contracted English players. At the same time, Cricket Australia announced it would refuse to release its players for the tournament. Both organisations expressed concern that the tournament was not being centrally run by a national cricket board, but a private company. Before the establishment of the Women's Big Bash League, Cricket Australia conducted a national Twenty20 competition, the Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup; the tournament ran in conjunction with the Women's National Cricket League, the Australian national women's limited overs competition, with the final being played as a double header with the Twenty20 Big Bash and the Big Bash League. The competition ran from 2009-2010 season to the 2014-2015 season, with some exhibition games being held in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009; the competition was wound up after the 2014-2015 season to make way for the Women's Big Bash League.
Former Australian national captain Belinda Clark revealed on 19 January 2014 the planning for a women's BBL was in its early stages but it could become a reality soon. They are considering it for the huge rise in television ratings in the BBL 03 season and the rise in women's cricket popularity. On 19 February 2015, Cricket Australia announced that a Women's Big Bash League would commence in season 2015/2016, with teams aligned to the current men's competition; the teams will share the names and colours of the existing men's BBL teams, meaning that there will be two teams from each of Sydney and Melbourne while one team from each of Brisbane, Perth and Hobart. The format and draw of the tournament are yet to be revealed. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said in a media release, “We see T20 as the premium format of the women's game and the WBBL is an exciting concept that will increase the promotion and exposure of women's cricket”. Sutherland said, “Our existing female domestic competitions are arguably the strongest in the world, with the continued success of the top-ranked women's team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, a testament to that”.
Cricket Australia executive Mike McKenna said, "Our goal is to see cricket become the sport of choice for women and girls across the nation, whether as participants or fans". On 13 October 2015, 100 of Australia's elite cricketers joined together to pledge $20 million towards the growth of cricket in Australia, to help grassroots level Cricket, support former players and develop further opportunities for female cricketers; the competition features the same eight city-based franchises. Each state's capital city features one team, with Melbourne featuring two. A Meg Lanning did not participate in the 2017/18 WBBL season due to injury.b These players have not played a sufficient number of recent international matches and do not count towards the cap of 5 Australian/international players per match. Note: The first 3 WBBL finals were played prior to the BBL final, with the 4th WBBL played on a different day to the BBL final Notes^1 Finals host is determined by the Men's Big Bash League ^2 W = Winner.
TV ratings success encouraged the Ten network to add coverage of the semi-finals and move two of the remaining three matches to its main channel. ITV4 sought broadcast rights also; the high TV ratings for the Women's Big Bash League convinced Network Ten to move the broadcast of the WBBL Melbourne Derby clash between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades from One to Ten, their main broadcast channel. The WBBL commentary team was led by Andrew Maher with former Australian players Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar; the Free-To-Air broadcast of the WBBL covered the following games: Saturday 19 December 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Sunday 20 December 11.30am AEDT Live on ONE - Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers Thursday 31 December 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers Friday 1 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Saturday 2 January 1.30pm AEDT Live on TEN - Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Saturday 9 January 2.30pm AEDT Live - Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Saturday 16 January 1.30pm AEDT Live on TEN - Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Thursday 21 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers Friday 22 January 2.30pm AEDT Live on ONE - Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers (Se
The Brisbane Cricket Ground known as the Gabba, is a major sports stadium in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. The nickname Gabba derives from the suburb of Woolloongabba; the land on which the ground sits was set aside for use as a cricket ground in 1895 and the first match was held on the site on 19 December 1896, between Parliament and The Press. Prior to this, cricket was played at a ground in the area known as Green Hills, since at least the early 1860s; the Gabba shared first-class cricket matches with the Exhibition Ground until 1931. The first Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba was scheduled to be played between 31 January 1931 and 4 February 1931, but it was washed out without a ball being bowled; the first Test match at the Gabba was played between Australia and South Africa between 27 November and 3 December 1931. Over the years, the Gabba has hosted athletics, Australian rules football, concerts, cycling, rugby league, rugby union and pony and greyhound races. Between 1993 and 2005, the Gabba was redeveloped in six stages at a cost of A$128,000,000.
The dimensions of the playing field are now 170.6 metres by 149.9 metres to accommodate the playing of Australian Football at elite level. The seating capacity of the ground is now 42,000. On 15 December 2016, Australia hosted Pakistan for the first day-night Test at the Gabba, the first Australian day-night Test hosted outside the Adelaide Oval; the First Test between Australia and England is played nowadays at Brisbane. Nobody seems to know why, all sorts of arguments are ventilated for and against more cricket Tests on the Woolloongabba ground. I am all in favour of robbing Queensland of its greatest cricketing occasion, for the ground depresses, it is not a cricket ground at all. It is a concentration camp! Wire fences abound. Spectators are herded and sorted out into lots as though for all the world this was a slave market and not a game of cricket; the stands are of filthy to sit on. The dining rooms are barns, without a picture on the wall. Everywhere there is dust and dirt... Forgive me if I am bitter about the Woolloongabba ground...the city has many good points, the people who live there are generous and hospitable to the highest degree, but once one goes to the cricket ground the advantages are overwhelmingly lost in the mass of rules and regulations...
– John Kay, 1950–51 Ashes series The Gabba is used from October to March for cricket and is home to the Queensland Cricket Association, the Queensland Cricketers Club and the Queensland Bulls cricket team. The venue hosts the first Test match of the season each November in addition to a number of international one-day matches held in January; the pitch is fast and bouncy. The Gabba's amenities were improved in the 1980s from a basic standard in comparison with the other Australian cricket grounds. Test cricket was first played at the ground in November 1931, the first Test of the series between Australia and South Africa. In December 1960, Test cricket's first-ever Tied Test took place at the ground when Richie Benaud's Australian team tied with Frank Worrell's West Indian side. Queensland clinched its first-ever Sheffield Shield title with victory over South Australia in the final at the ground in March 1995; the Gabba was the first Australian venue to host an International Twenty20 cricket match.
In November 1968 Colin Milburn scored 243 – in the two-hour afternoon session he scored 181- in a Sheffield Shield match for Western Australia vs. QueenslandFor the first day of the first Test of the 2010–11 Ashes series between Australia and England the Gabba was sold out. Australia's Michael Clarke holds the record for number of runs scored in one Test innings at the Gabba with 259 not out, breaking the previous record set by Alastair Cook. Australia has a formidable test match record at the ground. In the 55 matches played at the ground, Australia has won 33, drawn 13, tied 1 and lost 8. Australia has not lost at the Gabba in 28 matches, a record dating back to 1988. England have a notoriously poor record at The Gabba, have only won two test matches at the ground since the end of the Second World War. Many of their defeats have been heavy and only seven England players have scored centuries at the ground; the Gabba was the home ground for the Brisbane Bears from 1993 to 1996 and since 1997 has been the home of the Brisbane Lions AFL team.
The record crowd for an Australian rules football match is 37,224 between the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood in Round 15 of the 2005 AFL season. Australian football has a long association with the ground; the Queensland Football League, a precursor to AFL Queensland played matches at the Gabba from 1905 to 1914, 1959 to 1971, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. AFLQ matches resumed in 1993 as curtain-raiser events to AFL games, along with occasional AFLQ Grand Finals. Interstate games, including the 1961 national carnival have been played there, as was a demonstration game during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. In 1991 the Gabba was host to Queensland's only victory over a Victorian side. In the early 1900s, the Gabba hosted numerous matches between various touring nations. During the 1950s and 1960s the Gabba hosted soccer matches for English first division and Scottish clubs including Blackpool FC, Everton FC, Manchester United and Heart of Midlothian; the Chinese and South African national teams played at the ground.