Cricket followers have voiced their disgust after 30.3 overs of Ashes motion at Blundstone Arena was misplaced resulting from a light-weight drizzle.
Test cricket positive is aware of learn how to shoot itself within the foot.
Day one of many historic pink-ball Ashes Test in Hobart resulted in “pathetic” circumstances, with a light-weight sprinkle of rain robbing Tasmanian cricket followers of 30.3 overs of motion.
Light rain began falling early the night session at Blundstone Arena, and umpires Rod Tucker and Paul Wilson determined to pause play after a short session.
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The covers have been dragged onto the pitch and gamers returned to the sheds, a lot to the frustration of followers and broadcasters.
But in farcical scenes, the Test match didn’t resume regardless of the rain dimming to what can solely be described as gentle drizzle.
Spectators on the hill didn’t hassle trying to find cowl, with just one umbrella raised in the whole venue – that of fourth umpire Donovan Koch.
Even the rain radar was bone dry, with solely a few small blotches seen on the map. Weather stations within the Hobart CBD and airport registered a grand complete of 0.0 mm of rain on Friday night.
Needless to say, the cricket neighborhood was unimpressed.
Cricket reporter George Dobell tweeted: “Pathetic. You can hardly feel it. Might as well just punch spectators in the face and have done with it. You know, sometimes I‘m not sure Test cricket deserves to survive. The match officials – genuinely the only people at the ground using an umbrella – are bringing the game into disrepute here. We’re fools to put up with it.”
Triple M commentator and former Middlesex captain Isabelle Westbury posted: “The only umbrella up around the ground is the fourth umpire‘s out in the middle. This isn‘t an exaggeration, I actually can’t see a single other one. Cricket doesn’t help itself.”
Former Australian paceman Dirk Nannes tweeted: “Another example of cricket shooting itself in the foot. The game should not be off for this drizzle, if we can even call it that. The gutters are still dry. It could be the first rain delay when not a single drop of water goes down the gutters.”
Journalist Ebony Abblitt posted: “Just stepped outside my house in Hobart… if that’s enough rain for a game delay then we were absolutely ripped off in play time at primary school.”
Cricket broadcaster Adam Collins tweeted: “There have been some irritating rain delays throughout this sequence however this takes the cake. Can‘t understand how they arrived at the conclusion that it was heavy enough to take them off.”
Of course, safety of the players is paramount – Marnus Labuschagne, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood had each slipped onto the Hobart pitch on the opening day.
Last week’s New Year’s Test in Sydney additionally skilled climate issues, with a number of rain delays disrupting the opening two days of motion on the SCG.
Seven overs have been misplaced on day 5 resulting from a rain interruption after the lunch break, which finally proved crucial – England secured a gritty draw after Australia’s bowlers might solely handle 9 wickets within the fourth innings.
Australia was 6/241 at stumps on day one of many Hobart Test, with wicketkeeper Alex Carey unbeaten on 10 and Mitchell Starc but to attain on the other finish.