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Cricket in Brisbane - the Ashes' First Test started on Thursday November 23rd 2006, and here is some of the atmosphere from outside the game.

Its Ashes time! The First Test started on Thursday morning at the Gabba (the Brisbane Cricket Ground, but no-one ever calls it that).

Time for Australia to reclaim OUR trophy, cruelly taken from us by England in the northern summer of 2005.

Can the English Barmy Army sing their team to victory, or are cunningly placed fun police ready to seize all their trumpets?

Or will Australia's Fanatics see Australia reassert its 18-year dominance of international cricket, and reclaim the famous urn?

These photos are from Adelaide St in downtown Brisbane, outside the Gabba and at the free big-screen TV that was set up at Streets Beach at South Bank.

Line up in Adelaide St, Brisbane City, for buses to the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.



Line up in Adelaide St, Brisbane City, for buses to the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.Line up in Adelaide St, Brisbane City, for buses to the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Long lines waiting for shuttle buses in Adelaide St, Brisbane City.




Member of the Boony Army waiting for bus to the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.Fans waiting for the bus to the Gabba in Adelaide St, Brisbane City - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Ashes fans in Adelaide St.




Gabba bus in Adelaide St, Brisbane City - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Bus to the Gabba.




View getting off the bus outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.Getting off the bus at the Gabba.




Ride that horse to victory! Australian and English fans in jockeys' silks - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.Ride that horse to victory! Australian and English fans in jockeys' silks.




Fans outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Line up outside the Gabba.




Suited up outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Not everyone dresses casually for a day at the cricket.




Aussie fan and radio 4BC van - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game
Aussie fan and Radio 4BC van.




Sponsors display outside the Gabba - Ford - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Sponsors display outside the Gabba - Ford Australia is running a 'tonk a Pom' competition.




Fanatics' (Australian fans) 'Tour of Duty' T-shirts The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
"Fanatics' (Australian fans) 'Tour of Duty' T-shirts.




Sponsors display outside the Gabba - 3 Mobile/Sony Ericsson - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game
The 3 Mobile tent had a great big fibreglass phone outside.




ABC Local Radio 612AM outside broadcast van - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
ABC Local Radio 612AM outside broadcast van.




English fanzine seller outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
English fanzine seller Andy Clark outside the Gabba - his zine is called 'The Corridor of Uncertainty' - look out for him for the rest of the summer.




Lineup outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.q
A ticket? I need a ticket to get in? But I'm a blogger! A blogger! Oh. OK.

Off I went then, to the Streets Beach at the South Bank Parklands, where a big screen TV and PA system was set up for people to watch the game




Watching the game at Streets Beach, South Bank - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
View from the 'beach' at South Bank.




Watching the game at Streets Beach, South Bank - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
English fan enjoying the game at South Bank.




Free Stuff - these bandanas were being given away outside the Gabba - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.Free Stuff - these inflatable fingers were being given away at Streets Beach, Southbank - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Free stuff! The bandannas were being given away outside the Gabba, and I scored the inflatable hand at the South Bank beach. And for US visitors, it's spelt 'Aussies' but pronounced 'Ozzies', OK?




Watching the game at Streets Beach, South Bank - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Watching the game at South Bank.




Watching the game at Streets Beach, South Bank - The Ashes 2006-7 - First Test - Atmosphere in town, outside the Gabba, and watching the game on a big screen at the 'beach' in Southbank.
Relaxing on the beach and enjoying the game and the South Bank atmosphere. The big screen will be there for all five days of the Test, so head on down.


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2 comments:

jp said...

England are quite clearly lulling the Aussies into a false sense of security, ready to unleash havoc when they are least expecting it. It's classic w-g-gracian behaviour, a la Ashes tour of 1891-92.

Anonymous said...

England are quite clearly lulling the Aussies into a false sense of security, ready to unleash havoc when they are least expecting it.

Err, umm, right. After the second test I think the Poms might be better off pulling a Pakistan and just taking their bat and ball and going home...