Glorious Gabba at risk of being 'has-been' with Test move
ADELAIDE seems poised to snatch Brisbane's crown as the launching pad of the Test match summer with the Gabba set to be shunted to a January timeslot.
The likely scenario for Brisbane next summer is that it will host one of two Tests against Sri Lanka in January in a candid sign the ground has slipped into the lower rungs of the Test match pecking order.
Canberra is certain to host the other Sri Lankan Test in what could be the first all day-night Test series.
Canberra's Manuka Oval has been promised a Test for the first time.
It appears the antiquated Gabba will miss out on one of four Tests against India with Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to seal hosting rights.
Perth's new 60,000 seat Optus Stadium is set to be launched as a Test match venue with an Indian Test.
There have been whispers that Brisbane will be compensated for the lack of a November Test by hosting South Africa in a 50 over match in that month.
Because India are not scheduled to arrive until December, South Africa will visit Australia before the Indians arrive.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland sent alarm bells ringing in the ears of Queensland Government officials during the Ashes Test when he admitted the Gabba has slipped to the number five Test venue in Australia.
He said the massive redevelopment at the Adelaide Oval and Perth's new stadium meant "we need to understand the bar keeps rising.''
"We have not seen any material developments at the Gabba in terms of improving public amenities for a while,'' Sutherland said.
"There is a concern there for Queensland that this is probably number five or so in rankings of stadiums.''
The best thing going for the Gabba is Australia's unbeaten record there since 1988 but there can be no arguing that, which features poor public transport and an embarrassing lack of parking facilities, is being left behind by its interstate rivals.