Cricket

India vs Australia: Rain washes away first day's play of practice match; visitors' preparation hits a snag

  • Press Trust of India
  • December 1st, 2018
  • 9:47:26 IST

Sydney: The first day of the tour game between Cricket Australia XI and India was abandoned without a ball being here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Incessant rains kept the players away as inclement weather didn't relent at all. It started raining in Sydney on Tuesday night and after a deluge through the day, the ground was soaking wet.

First day's play of tour game between Cricket Australia XI and India was called off due to rain. Twitter @BCCI

First day's play of tour game between Cricket Australia XI and India was called off due to rain. Twitter @BCCI

There was a brief stoppage in rain at 1 pm local time and the grounds men worked hard to get the pitch and outfield ready.

Toss was scheduled for 3.30pm local time with play to commence at 4 pm, if no further rain showers came forth.

But play was abandoned for the day at 3 pm local time, with half an hour extension from day two onwards.

A couple members of the Indian support staff had visited the ground to assess conditions earlier in the morning. The team didn't even arrive at the ground owing to poor weather conditions.

There is more rain forecast for Thursday morning but the weather is expected to clear from day two afternoon.

Updated Date: December 01, 2018 09:47:26 IST

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