Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Ashes third Test delayed as freak storm blows covers off WACA pitch

By Garrett Mundy, Monday December 18, 2017 - 15:09 EDT
ABC licensed image
A groundsman is knocked off his feet by the flying pitch cover. - ABC licensed

Australia's quest to regain the Ashes has been halted by bad weather on day five of the third test in Perth as a whips through the South West of WA.

England is 4/132 in its second innings, still needing another 127 runs to make Australia bat again.

But the biggest hurdle to the hosts notching a series-clinching victory in Perth looks set to be intermittent rain.

Before the start of play a freak gust of wind lifted the covers off the wicket, knocking over a groundsman and almost injuring England captain Joe Root.

"Look at that can you believe it? It was quite lucky for everyone really. A big gust of wind. Have a look at that," said commentator Shane Warne.



That incident left a large amount of water on the wicket itself, with ground staff forced to use leaf blowers to dry out the wet patch.

The weather has been blown in by a deep low pressure system, which saw almost twice the December average rainfall fall on the city in less than 24 hours.


- ABC

© ABC 2017

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Farmer in drought turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

00:05 EST

As the drought conditions across the east of Australia lead to a tripling in the cost of hay, one farmer has turned to watermelon as a supplement to feed his cattle.

Heaven to hell: Inside Japan's worst flood-hit towns

18:25 EST

#subtitle In just a matter of hours, towns were swept away.

Frozen hose hampers battle against NSW house fire

14:59 EST

Sub-zero temperatures in Uralla have caused a fire hose to freeze, hampering the battle against a blaze at a cottage.