THE Gabba is back to its bouncy, green best despite the attempts of Pommy singer Adele to sabotage Australia’s cricket fortress.
The famed Gabba wicket underwent a complete resurfacing following Adele’s knockout concert in March which chewed up the turf.
Australia has not lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988 and there were concerns over how their favourite wicket would recover from a major overhaul.
However Mitchell, who will retire following his 27th Test in charge, said the Gabba of old has bounced back.
“It’s very similar to the past,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s first day.
“It’ll have a tinge of green which they normally do first day. There will be some sideways movement early and some seam and then settle down into a pretty good batting deck.
“We’re expecting everything to play pretty well. Obviously we had to returf which takes a bit of time to establish but we think we’re pretty right.
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“It was a really good bouncy deck in the Shield game that we had (last month).”
Australia has an affinity with the Gabba and Mitchell has helped prepare every wicket throughout their unbeaten run over the past 29 years.
His father, Kevin Mitchell Snr, was the head curator for Australia’s last loss to the West Indies and told his son to never make the same mistake twice.
Mitchell has never felt pressured to prepare a certain type of pitch, which often happens in the subcontinent, and said Australia felt comfortable starting the summer in Brisbane.
“We’ve prepared what we generally do,” he said.
“The weather serves up a few challenges here and there but I think the Aussies seem to feel comfortable here. They know what to expect.
“I’m pretty happy with that.”
Aussie batsman Peter Handscomb said the Gabba was a unique pitch which England had to overcome if they were to win in Brisbane for the first time since 1986.
“It’s pretty fast and bouncy,” he said.
“That doesn’t happen too much in England.
“Our bowlers are flying in at the moment. They (England batters) will probably get a few around the ears and a couple of quick ones as well. It’s going to be entertaining.”
Mitchell said the pitch for this Test was the same used when Queensland won its historic first Sheffield Shield crown in 1995, a match that remains the highlight of his career.