Ashes cricket 2022: Day one of historic Hobart Ashes Test cut short by light drizzle

Cricket fans expressed disgust after losing 30.3 increments of Ashes movement at Blundstone Arena to fine mist.

Test cricket sure knows how to shoot his foot.

The first day of the historic Pink Ball Ashes Test in Hobart ended in ‘pathetic’ conditions, with a light sprinkling of rain robbing 30.3 Tasmanian cricket fans.

Light rain started falling early in the evening session at Blundstone Arena, and referees Rod Tucker and Paul Wilson decided to pause play after a short consultation.

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The covers were pulled onto the field and the players returned to the pens, much to the frustration of fans and broadcasters.

But in the comics, the test match did not resume although the rain had dwindled to what could only be described as a light drizzle.

The spectators on the hill did not bother looking for cover, as only one umbrella was hoisted in the entire place – the umbrella of the Fourth Ruler Donovan Koch.

Even the rain radar was very dry, only a few small spots appeared on the map. Weather stations in the Hobart Central Business District and the airport recorded a grand total of 0.0 mm of rain Friday evening.

Needless to say, the cricket community was not affected.

Cricket reporter George Dobell tweeted: “Pathetic. You can’t feel it. It might as well have punched spectators in the face and they did. You know, sometimes I’m not sure cricket is worth surviving. Match officials – they’re the only people On the ground who use the parachute – they are discrediting the game here. We are fools to bear it.”

Isabel Westbury, Triple M commentator and former Middlesex captain said: β€œThe only parachute around the ground is the fourth referee in the middle. This is not an exaggeration, in fact I can’t see another one. Cricket is not helping itself.”

Former Australian peaceman Dirk Nance tweeted: “Another example of a cricket shooting itself in the foot. The game shouldn’t stop this spray, if we can call it that. The gutters are still dry. This may be the first delay in rain when Not a single drop of water falls into the gutters.”

Journalist Ebony Applet wrote: “I just got out of my house in Hobart…If this rain had been enough to delay the game, we would have been completely separated by primary school playtime.”

Cricket anchor Adam Collins wrote on Twitter: “There have been some frustrating rain delays during this series, but this takes the cake. I can’t understand how they came to the conclusion that it was heavy enough to take them off.”

Of course, player safety is paramount – Marnus Labuschagne, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood snuck into Hobart on opening day.

Last week’s New Year’s Test in Sydney also saw weather problems, with several rain delays disrupting the SCG’s opening two days of work.

Seven overs were lost on day five due to a rain interruption after their lunch break, which ultimately proved crucial – England had a gritty tie after Australian bowlers managed only nine wickets in the fourth innings.

Australia were 6/241 in the stumps on the first day of the Hobart Test, undefeated guard Alex Curry in the 10th and Mitchell Stark did not score at the other end.

Originally published as “Pathetic”: Day 1 of the historic Hobart Ashes Test cut by a fine mist


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