Pakistan’s nightmare, Australia’s stronghold

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Australia have won 20 of their last 27 Tests at the Gabba, and drawn seven © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

9 Successive Tests that Pakistan have lost in Australia. They lost 3-0 in each of the series in 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2009-10. In these three series they lost two Tests each in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Hobart, and one in Brisbane. Australia is the only country where Pakistan haven’t won an away Test since November 1999.

46.36 Pakistan’s bowling average in these nine Tests. Apart from Saqlain Mushtaq, who took 10 wickets at 25.10 in 1999, no other Pakistan bowler has taken more than five wickets at a sub-35 average in Australia during this period. Their fast bowlers have taken 75 wickets at 45.94 in these nine Tests.

6 Hundreds scored by Pakistan batsmen in these nine Tests: two by Salman Butt, and one each by Mohammad Yousuf, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ijaz Ahmed. The difference of 21 between Pakistan’s bowling and batting averages during this period is easily their highest in any country.

Pakistan in away Tests since Nov 1999
Team Tests Won Lost Bat ave Bowl ave Ave diff
 Bangladesh  6  5  0  58.43  25.67  32.76
 Zimbabwe  5  4  1  34.20  24.87  9.33
 West Indies  7  2  3  28.46  27.79  0.67
 Sri Lanka  16  5  6  33.11  32.72  0.39
 New Zealand  12  4  4  30.79  31.68  -0.89
 India  6  1  2  40.24  47.94  -7.70
 England  14  4  9  27.13  37.55  -10.42
 South Africa  8  1  7  22.69  37.43  -14.74
 Australia  9  0  9  25.36  46.36  -21.00

27 Successive Tests without a defeat for Australia at the Gabba – their last loss was in November 1988, when West Indies beat them by nine wickets. Since then, Australia have won 20 out of 27 Tests here, with seven draws. The most recent draw was against South Africa in 2012; since then Australia have won against England (381 runs), India (four wickets) and New Zealand (208 runs) at this venue.

63.25 David Warner’s Test average in Brisbane: in nine innings he has scored 506 runs, including three hundreds. The last time he played a Test here, he scored 163 and 116 against New Zealand. Warner is coming off successive hundreds in his last two ODI innings, also against New Zealand, last week.

Australia’s batsmen at the Gabba
Player Mat Inns Runs Ave SR 100s
 David Warner  5  9  506  63.25  79.68  3
 Steven Smith  3  6  241  40.16  64.09  1
 Usman Khawaja  2  4  221  110.5  66.76  1

43.16 Younis Khan’s Test average in Australia. This is the only country where he hasn’t scored a Test hundred, but he has four 40-plus scores in six innings, with a highest of 87.

24 Test wickets for Nathan Lyon in Brisbane; his average of 23.95 here is his best among all Australian venues. However, his average against Pakistan is 140.66: in two Tests against them in the UAE in 2014, he took three wickets conceding 422 runs.

Nathan Lyon at each venue at home
Ground Tests Wickets Average Strike rate
 Brisbane  5  24  23.95  46.5
 Adelaide  6  31  27.80  60.7
 Melbourne  5  19  28.52  51.4
 Hobart  4  8  36.00  84.3
 Perth  4  12  50.33  80.4
 Sydney  5  13  54.15  96.3

10 Test wickets each for Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at the Gabba – Starc has played three Tests here and has a bowling average of 35.90, while Hazlewood averages 28.

37.63 Fast bowlers’ average in the last five Tests at the Gabba – they have taken 111 wickets, compared to the spinners’ haul of 35 wickets at an average of 42.08.

Pace and spin in the last five Tests at the Gabba
Type Wickets Average Econ rate Strike rate 5WI
 Pace  111  37.63  3.52  63.9  4
 Spin  35  42.08  3.58  70.4  0

2 Day-night Sheffield Shield games held at the Gabba in 2016: Queensland beat Tasmania by seven wickets in February (in the 2015-16 season), but lost to New South Wales by 225 runs at the start of the current season. Steven Smith scored 117 and 42 in New South Wales’ win, while Josh Hazlewood had match figures of 6 for 99.

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