The weather in Sydney didn’t do India any favours in their bid to prepare for the upcoming four-Test series, as heavy showers and thunderstorms ensured there would be no play on Day 1 of the warm-up fixture.
Sydney is said to have received downpour of such high intensity and duration that the Bureau of Meteorology’s New South Wales manager termed it as the sort of rainfall that occurs once in 100 years, which led to commuting chaos all over the city.
At the SCG, it looked highly unlikely from very early that there would be any play, but there was a brief period in the afternoon when the rain relented and gave the players some hope. The umpires even announced the time for a delayed toss and start of play – 3:30 and 4:00 PM local time respectively. Shortly after this encouraging announcement, play was called off for the day.
A 9:30 AM toss and 10:00 AM start is anticipated for Thursday, but scattered showers are expected. The four-day fixture – which hasn’t been afforded first-class status in order to accommodate the entire squad to have some game time – is India’s only hit out before the first Test in Adelaide from December 6.