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Gabba crowds tickled pink at first Test

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Laine Clark

Cricket Australia (CA) is again tickled pink with Gabba crowds after a record day-one attendance on Thursday at the first day-night Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

But the jury is still out on whether the Gabba can maintain its status as the traditional opening summer host.

Attendance reached 26,343 on the opening day of Brisbane's first pink-ball Test - the biggest day-one crowd for a non-Ashes clash at the Gabba.

It easily eclipsed the previous mark of 25,114 set in 2012 in the first Test against South Africa.

By the opening tea break, the Gabba boasted 20,804 - and 24,851 by the dinner interval.

They are impressive numbers but CA will demand more to keep Brisbane as its summer starter.

The Gabba is traditionally where Australia begins its Test summer.

Stats show why - they have not lost a Gabba Test since 1988.

But poor crowds ensured Gabba lost that honour this year with November's first Test against South Africa relocated to Perth.

The move backfired spectacularly - Australia were crushed by the Proteas on their way to a 2-1 series loss.

Brisbane are back as the host of the summer's first Test next year - for the 2017-18 Ashes, no less.

However, it came with a caveat from CA chief James Sutherland, who said the Brisbane fortress was no certainty to host first Tests beyond 2017.

So far, so good for the Gabba after Thursday.

Numbers are already on track to exceed the 80,000 total crowd figure over five days predicted by Sutherland.

Gabba fans made a splash on Thursday - literally.

Apart from the stunning weather, the Gabba day-one vibe was enhanced by a pool constructed near the boundary for the first time.

Appropriately dressed fans were randomly picked from the crowd to spend a session at the new 32,000 litre pool.

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