Referees Chris Brown (New Zealand) and Joel Wilson (Wisconsin) are in the middle checking the conditions. Waiting.
As you can see, the covers are now completely off and there is plenty of action in the outfield. The umpires will be out soon to check the conditions and indicate when the game can start.
John Starbuck emailed to ask if we were doing rain songs. There were not.
But it’s spring. And it’s raining. And The Go-Betweens are great. And this is my blog.
This tournament became bright. James Wallace agrees, but he wonders if he will get his legal fees flattened into an absurd schedule with too little significant cricket?
From The epic of India and Pakistan (some suggest the greatest T20I ever). West Indies sad early exit to New Zealand got their first win in Australia this tournament was the best in more than a decade, and it barely entered its prime. In a year or so, there will be another one, not for the ICC, who believe that global tournaments should be fleeting or final, for them they are more fritters than white truffles, albeit with the money-making potential of the latter.
Ground staff at the MCG are playing with sponges, soaking up as much standing water as possible ahead of the pitch inspection at 7.30pm. The prospect of the game is as high as it has been all day.
Covers are slowly peeling away from the center of the MCG as a wet poultice comes off protecting the hand of the green giant who accidentally grabbed the handle of a frying pan he forgot to put in the oven.
Good news! (Unless you’re Kim Tonger). Part of the large outer coating is removed from the area.
However, the radar is still showing light showers, so we may not have seen the last of the rain tonight. The check-in, which will take place in about 25 minutes, will be our first (and possibly last) indicator of whether there is any appetite for action.
Kim Tonger with stuff that will no longer see him banned for words on Twitter. “I wonder if it would have been as bad if England had lost five against Australia and been knocked out of the tournament early. Maybe that would encourage the ECB to focus a little more on what’s good for red-ball cricket, rather than slavishly chasing T20/$100s?”
… and in the process scrapped the idea of a mid-summer tagline festival branded SLOGFEST, which would have been held on the steep banks of Glastonbury Tor during the festival.
“Geography teacher here,” the email begins, bringing back fond memories of one of my favorite teachers from years ago (hello Mr. Radley!). I digress, “Like climate change, the wet weather is also a result of the ongoing La Niña, which means the trade winds blowing across the Pacific Ocean from South America are stronger, pushing warmer surface waters towards Australia and the South – East Asia, worsening low pressure conditions and that means more precipitation. Climate change will also make the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) pattern more irregular. Well… that’s what I tell my A-Level kids anyway.” Thanks Peter.
El Niño and La Niña are now nominal here. We used to fear the former because of droughts, now we are obsessed with the latter and the floods they bring.
“We don’t want to lose any games, but it probably energizes the group in terms of our approach,” England coach Matthew Mott explained after his side’s defeat by Ireland. “An answer must be shown. We need to come out with a really attacking mindset and maybe throw caution to the wind and see how we go.”
I like England’s persistence in white ball cricket. I just wonder if this particular group has the confidence in the latest iterations to back it up, especially without Eoin Morgan. They could certainly do with Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, both of whom would beat Finn Allen off the top, especially if it’s a top five.
Matt Hobbs emailed a great question:
“It’s a shame about the weather, but the real question is, would England prefer one point or a five-point lottery?” Their net record is currently better than Australia’s, although the Aussies have two easier (on paper at least) matches ahead of them. I’m not sure England will hate a draw and live to fight another day.”
I don’t think anyone ever wants a washout, do they? But I think England would be the happier of the two teams to share the points because Australia are a side that needs to bounce back. England lead Australia in net run rate of 0.239 to -1.555, so a point apiece keeps their noses in front.
But as you said, the remaining England v New Zealand and Sri Lanka matches are tougher on paper than Australia v Ireland and Afghanistan – so this could be a chance to make a decisive move up the table.
Here in Australia, Channel Nine’s live broadcasts have been very clumsy and they’ve just filled some time praising Matthew Wade’s courage for preparing for tonight’s game despite being diagnosed with Covid yesterday. Including joking about the fact that the players of the England national team stay one and a half meters away from him. Instead of asking why, in the midst of a pandemic and on the brink of a new wave in Australia, everyone is not taking the precautions we took for granted just a few months ago.
According to the rules of the tournament, Wade is allowed to play (if he feels ready), but he must make his own way to the ground and change in separate rooms.
Team-mate Adam Zampa also tested positive ahead of the Afghanistan match, but replacing him with Ashton Agar was a no-brainer. Wade is more difficult because there is no other wicket in the Australian team. Josh Inglis was initially named, but after he got injured, he was replaced by Cameron Greene and not another man.
“Kia or Jonathan, from Rotorua in Aotearoa/Nova Zealand”, good evening Graham Simpson. “The last time Melbourne was in 2011, same time of year, the temperature went from a sweltering 30C to pouring rain and 15C in 1/2 hour. It was not that unusual. The current weather is largely a product of climate change. “Straya is a barometer – whether under fire or under water. ngà mihi.”
Meanwhile, at the beginning of the paper…
And not related:
George clearly didn’t read my previous post.
an Englishman Simon Burnton spoke to Australia’s Mike Hussey about being the Australian in the England camp when England take on Australia in Australia and the possibility of continuing the relationship with England when Australia visit England next year for the Ashes tour.
“It seems to be a big problem for everyone on the outside,” he says. “For me, there’s a much bigger picture than just a rivalry. I think it’s a great opportunity to get into a new environment, a new team, a new country, see how they do it.”
Jeff Lemon sets the stage for a match that may never happen, warning that “Australia and England in their current state is not quite a battle of the titans but a battle between teams looking to climb out of trouble”.
I know it’s not fair to blame the messenger, but boooooooooo George, boooooooooooooo.
Melbourne, like the entire east coast of Australia, has had a blast this spring, and today was no exception. What has Today was exceptional in how gloriously the rain was delivered, blowing horizontally in unpredictable gusts in cold temperatures. The sentiment widget on the forecast dashboard didn’t reach double digits all day. It’s bleak.
Ireland vs Afghanistan already washed out without the ball. The MCG is gray and wet. We are unlikely to start on time.
On a more promising note, a rain cloud the size of Wales that has been hanging over Victoria for most of the day is moving east and should clear Melbourne’s central businesses soon, barring tendril-like showers. These modern pitches drain quickly and the umpires have already shown their willingness to play in the tough conditions of this tournament, so we may still have a match, however short.
To make it happen the game must start by 22.04 (12.04 BST).
Hello everyone. Welcome to ICC Men’s 2022 Live T20 World Cup. Weather permitting, the Australia v England Group 1 Super 12s match will kick off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 19:00 local time (9:00 BST).
Australia rebounded from a Settler inspired by Marcus Stoinis against Sri Lanka, but the reigning champions are yet to click, extending a long streak of indifferent performances in the format. The biggest concern is the exit of skipper Aaron Finch at number one. Finch has already announced his retirement from the ODI format and is limping towards the end of his T20i career on home soil.
England returned to action just two days after failing to adapt to the distinctive MCG surface against Ireland. The bowlers were too short and the batsmen never looked confident on a deck that offered a lot of movement and bounce. Against the best pace attack in world cricket, England need to find both intent and timing.