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Oliver Caffrey and Joel Gould

Gabba Test pitch rated as 'below average'

The Gabba pitch earned a "below average" assessment from the ICC following Australia's two-day Test. (Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

The Gabba pitch has avoided the dreaded "poor" rating from the International Cricket Council after Australia's first Test against South Africa ended in just two days.

Pat Cummins' team went 1-0 up in the three-match series on Sunday as 34 wickets tumbled in six sessions of play, making it the first Test on Australian soil in 91 years to finish inside two days.

Match referee Richie Richardson has graded the pitch as "below average", saying it was "not an even contest between bat and ball."

"Overall, the Gabba pitch for this Test match was too much in favour of the bowlers," Richardson said.

"There was extra bounce and occasional excessive seam movement.

"The odd delivery also kept low on the second day, making it very difficult for batters to build partnerships."

Proteas captain Dean Elgar slammed the pitch as dangerous in his post-match press conference and said he asked the umpires how much longer the match should go until it was deemed unsafe.

"I don't think it was a very good Test wicket," Elgar said.

Australia captain Pat Cummins was bemused with Elgar's assessment but said a two-day Test "probably isn't ideal".

Australia assistant coach Daniel Vettori said for "occasional Test matches it is not the worst thing".

"I think I have seen worse," he said.

"It was just really tough conditions and once in a while as a bowling group you don't mind that."

The Brisbane venue has been docked one demerit point by the ICC for producing such a green, bowler-friendly pitch.

The demerit point will stay on the Gabba's record for the next five years.

If a ground receives five demerit points it risks being banned from hosting international matches.

It is a better result than many had anticipated for the Gabba, with some experts fearing it could be slapped with a "poor" rating like the MCG in 2017.

The pitch for the Boxing Day Test was slammed following a dull draw in which only 24 wickets were taken over five days

Cricket Australia had 14 day to provide a response to the ICC about why the MCG wicket was sub-standard.

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