Weather for the first Ashes Test

  • Weather for the first Ashes Test
    24.11.2010 13:09

    The first ball of the 2010 Ashes series will be let loose in Queensland on Thursday, and the weather, although it had not often played a significant role in Brisbane, looks a little changeable.

    The wicket at the Gabba has given some quick results recently but the strip prepared for Test matches is usually fair, offering something for both the ball and the bat. If it has had an ideal preparation then the pitch can be quite bouncy, particularly on the first day. Spinners are as likely to bamboozle a batsman with bounce as they are with turn.

    There has been intermittent rain recently, and that might mean that the wicket is slightly “undercooked”. Kevin Mitchell, the Gabba’s curator, says that it might favour bowlers, being slightly green and accommodating movement off the seam.

    The rain is not over, either. It does not look like there will be a persistent downpour but the first three days of the Test are likely to see some sharp showers scattered around the Brisbane area, with one or two of them each day threatening to pass over the Gabba.

    In between the sun should break through, and it will be warm rather than very hot. Afternoon temperatures will be around 25 to 27 degrees Celsius, just below Brisbane’s November average, with light to moderate winds from a north-east to south-easterly direction.

    At times the cloud cover might be more reluctant to move, and coupled with occasionally high humidity this might aid the swing bowlers.

    By day four, Sunday, the shower threat will have receded somewhat, and the final day might just escape dry. However, should it last into a nail-biting evening finish there might be some heavier showers looming on the horizon.

    By: Stephen Davenport