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It has been 29 years since any touring side has won a Test at The Gabba. However, since their loss against West Indies in 1988, Australians have enjoyed a fantastic record at The Gabba. A formidable West Indies beat them by nine wickets.

In the 59 Tests they have played so far, Australia have won 37, lost just seven, 13 have ended in a draw and the ground has witnessed the famous 1960 tied Test. And since their loss against West Indies way back, Australia have played 28 Tests winning 21. Seven matches ended in draw.

Suvajit Mustafi looks at what the world was like when Australia last lost a Test at The Gabba.

1. Toddler Kohli

Virat Kohli has taken the cricket world by storm and emerged as the new poster boy of Indian cricket. He had almost won India the Adelaide Test, but during Australia s last defeat at The Gabba, he was 16 days old. In fact, out of the ones playing in the current Test Varun Aaron, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, were not even born then!

2. Who is Tendulkar ?

The original poster boy of cricket was still unknown! Sachin Tendulkar made this Test debut a year after this. The international cricket community was still alien to this phenomenon called Tendulkar , who went on to play for 24 years, setting up almost every batting record.

3. A Marsh still played then

Geoff Marsh opened for Australia in that Test. Now 26 years later, both his sons Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh, feature for the first time in their Baggy Greens in the ongoing Brisbane Test.

4. No Internet

Can this be even imagined? It was a world where there was no thing called the World Wide Web (WWW). It was three months later in March 1989, when a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee; working for Conseil Europ en pours la Recherche Nucl aire (CERN), sent a proposal for a better communication system in his organisation. One thing led to another and on April 30, 1993, CERN allowed WWW would be to everyone. Forget internet, there was no Intel Pentium, no DVDs, 2G or digital answering machines!

5. No Viagra!

The world of medicine was quite different. The Human Genome Project had not taken off, so cloning of mammals was a dream. There was no vaccine for Hepatitis A and to the elders anguish then, there was no Viagra!

6. It was still Soviet Union

Moscow was the capital was Soviet Union, also called USSR. Of course, Russia was its majority. Soviet Union still existed then! However it later broke up and by end of 1991, there were 14 new countries formed Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

7. Berlin Wall stood tall

The infamous Berlin wall still divided Germany. Almost two years after Australia s loss at Brisbane, i.e., in October 1990 that Germany was unified.

8. Nelson Mandela was in prison

Nelson Mandela was still in prison and South Africa were not playing international cricket. In fact, the country still ruled over Namibia and also Congo was still called Zaire.

9. Pre- Gulf War

Saddam Hussein hadn t attacked Kuwait yet, so there was no Gulf War yet. Also, England still ruled Hong Kong and Afghanistan had not come under Taliban control.

10. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi was the Indian Prime Minister then. Since then India have had VP Singh, Chandra Shekhar, PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, Vajpayee again, Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi, as Prime Ministers.

11. Sports World

While Diego Maradona s Argentina were the World Champions in football, fellow Argentinean Lionel Messi was just one and half. In fact, Pete Sampras made his pro tennis debut that year starting at world no. 893 and finished the year ranked 97!

12. Who is Harry Potter?

The world didn t know what were Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Friends and The Simpsons! Aamir Khan was a film old with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, while Shah Rukh Khan had not entered films. He was still doing TV soaps.

It was indeed a very different world and since then Australia have dominated Test cricket at Brisbane. Can Australia maintain their fortress at The Gabba? Or will England change the numbers when they take on Australia in Brisbane for the the first Ashes Test?