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Gabba Test may not last five days: curator

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Laine Clark

A pink ball.

A green top.

Maybe some grey skies.

No wonder Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell will be surprised if Australia's first Test this week against Pakistan in Brisbane lasts five days.

Mitchell is putting the finishing touches on his first day-night Test wicket.

But he believes the pink ball will have a bigger impact on the Test than the grassy deck he has produced.

Mitchell predicted the coloured Kookaburra to swing during the day more than the recent Adelaide day-night Test due to the expected humidity.

Cloudy conditions have been forecast for the end of the week with the Test starting on Thursday.

Then there is each night session which has traditionally been a nightmare period for batsmen.

"I don't think the pitch will have anything to do with it," Mitchell said.

"It's more atmospheric conditions and maybe the twilight thing, the change of natural light to the lights.

"That might create some visibility difficulties, I am not sure."

Asked if he would be surprised if the Test lasted five days, Mitchell said: "If we do get some humid weather it might be a surprise (it lasts five days).

"It's not beyond the realms of possibility.

"I think probably bat first, given the conditions."

He expected fast bowlers to dominate on a deck with a grass length cut to 2mm, well short of the 6mm prepared for the Adelaide day-night Test against South Africa.

Mitchell played down concerns the shorter length would be abrasive to the pink ball, making it softer.

"There's a good cover of grass, a bit of cushion so I think it will last OK," he said.

Mitchell admitted he was disappointed that Brisbane was not hosting the first Test of the summer.

The move backfired when the traditional opener relocated to Perth this year - Australia suffered a crushing first Test loss to South Africa.

Normal service has resumed next summer with Brisbane hosting the Ashes first Test with a day-night game again in Adelaide.

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