Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has called for the summer of cricket to kick off with the First Test in Brisbane.
The 2019/20 season has begun with Australia taking on Sri Lanka in three Twenty20 internationals, but following two low turnouts, Gilchrist believes a change needs to be made.
“I just think in Australia, traditionally our cricket psyching is that the cricket summer starts with Day one at the Gabba in a Test match,” Gilchrist said on SEN Afternoons.
“I know domestic cricket starts before that and always has, but we’re not expecting any crowds at those matches.
“But as far as really engaging in the international team…Day one at the Gabba, which will be in a few weeks, it’s back at the Gabba … the first Test of the summer.
“These T20 games…they are pretty light in profile and there haven’t been huge crowds at either (game).”
The first T20 in Adelaide drew 16,268 fans, while last night’s instalment at the Gabba only saw 11,986 through the turnstiles.
Australia will be looking to wrap up the T20 series with a win in Melbourne on Friday to complete the clean sweep.
The First Test begins on November 21 when Australia plays host to Pakistan in Brisbane, with the home side undefeated at the venue since 1988.