Consultants are warning to count on greater than the standard afternoon thunderstorm in Brisbane as uncommon climate patterns threaten to spoil the Ashes build-up for each Australia and England and the primary Test itself.
Play was deserted and not using a ball bowled on day two of the England v England Lions three-day recreation at Peter Burge Oval within the coastal suburb of Wellington Level on Wednesday.
Solely 29 overs had been doable on Tuesday, with openers Rory Burns (39 not out) and Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) untroubled in taking England to 0-98.
About 90mm of rain fell between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and there’s an expectation of extra to return that might see day three washed out as effectively.
England solely have yet one more tour match scheduled earlier than the December 8 Ashes opener on the Gabba, with star allrounder Ben Stokes determined for time within the center after practically 5 months out of the sport to prioritise his psychological well being.
Australia’s Test hopefuls are set to battle for the ultimate spots within the Test XI at Peter Burge Oval in a three-day intra-squad match from Wednesday subsequent week.
Ominously, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Helen Reid mentioned “very wet thunderstorms” had been forecast till not less than Sunday, whereas the La Nina climate sample will guarantee a extra humid atmosphere brings “more rain days and higher amounts of rain”.
“You can’t set your clock to the 3pm Brisbane thunderstorm anymore; they’re coming morning, day and night,” Ms Reid advised AAP in a nod to the fierce however temporary afternoon storms which have typically impacted Gabba Assessments.
“It’s already soggy and it’ll stay soggy for the next couple of days.
“This quantity of rain is unusual and that is why we have observed this La Nina enterprise.”
The prospect of no play in Australia’s intra-squad game doesn’t help wicketkeeper Tim Paine’s cause as he attempts to prove his fitness and hold his place, despite the recent sexting scandal that resulted in him stepping down as captain.
It would also deny selectors one last chance to observe batsmen Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, who are vying to occupy the No.5 spot.
The Test itself could also be plagued by uncharacteristically persistent rain but Australia opener Marcus Harris is seeing the lighter side.
“I noticed someplace that somebody mentioned (veteran England bowler) Jimmy Anderson introduced the rain with him. He is positively accomplished that,” he mentioned.
“(However) this time final yr, with the best way COVID was, I would solely performed a few Protect video games then I used to be within the Test squad.
“It’s been tough for us guys from Victoria and NSW to get the amount of cricket in, but having played a full winter of county cricket, a few Shield games – I’ve definitely played plenty of cricket so I’ll be ready to go.”