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Record crowd announced for Gabba pink Test

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016 Laine Clark

It's official - the Gabba is officially back in Cricket Australia's good books.

And the ground is back by popular demand.

Days after putting the venue on notice, CA on Saturday announced a record overall attendance for a non-Ashes Gabba Test.

And, technically, two days of Brisbane's historic first day-night Test still remain.

A total of 70,612 attended Australia's pink-ball Test against Pakistan by day three on Saturday.

It easily eclipsed the previous record of 55,947, set in the 2007-08 season against Sri Lanka.

Crowds of 26,353 and 23,344 on the opening two days of the pink-ball clash were bolstered by 20,915 on Saturday.

It is a stunning turnaround after CA chief James Sutherland warned this week that Brisbane was no guarantee to open future summers from 2017 due to poor crowds.

"We have seen fans vote with their feet to embrace the day-night concept in Queensland," Sutherland said in a statement.

"We've managed to break the non-Ashes attendance record at the venue in just three days and we're looking forward to even more fans enjoying this fantastic spectacle."

Sutherland has already begun speculating about Brisbane hosting the summer opener from 2018 with day-night Tests, due to this week's success.

He has not ruled out Brisbane hosting a pink-ball Ashes Test - but not next summer when England tour.

Brisbane will be the venue for the opening Ashes Test next summer, but as a traditional day game.

The Gabba is usually where Australia begin their Test summer.

Stats show why - they haven't 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.

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