Adverse weather conditions puts first Ashes Test in danger of complete wash-out

Adverse weather forecast for the first four days might completely wash out the first Ashes Test on December 8

By Web Desk
December 02, 2021
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The adverse weather forecast for the first four days might completely wash out the much-anticipated first Ashes Test which is set to begin on December 8 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Rain had already affected England's preparations ahead of the high-octane series in Queensland last week, as the side was able to play only 29 overs in their three-day game with their Lions side. 

Heavy storms hit Brisbane on Tuesday and Wednesday and no play was possible over the first two days of their intra-squad warm-up match.

The adverse weather condition has left England side short of match practice and if the first Test gets washed out completely, star all-rounder Ben Stokes won't get enough game time due to an indefinite break.

Meanwhile, England last time won at a Test at the iconic The Gabba back in 1986 when Ian Botham played an impressive knock of 138 and took his team to victory. 

Pacer Pat Cummins will be leading Australia with Steve Smith appointed as the vice-captain. While, it also marks returns to Smith leadership duties after he was banned owing to the 2018 sandpaper scandal in South Africa.