Rain threatens first T20 international between Australia and India at ANZ Stadium.
Unseasonable weather is threatening cricket’s attempt to lure a record crowd to tonight’s T20 game between Australia and India at ANZ Stadium.There was a heavy downpour in the morning but the weather experts believed that the rain would stop.
Sydney woke up to torrential rain this morning but according to weather experts the outlook could brighten as the day wears on.
“Go away rain,” tweeted Brett Lee early today.
Lee is set to open the attack for Australia in tonight’s match.
As per the ticket sales, a record crowd is expected for the match that is set to break an 80-year old record of 58,466 people flocking to watch the Australia-England December Test match in Sydney.
This would be the first time the venue will be hosting an international contest since 2003.
The forecast for this afternoon is for periods of rain and clearing skies which means it will be touch and go for the 62,000 people who have tickets for the match.
Weather expert Roger Badham said there were bands of rain expected.
“You could have a dry spell for three hours or a wet spell for three hours. It will depend on the timing,” Mr Badham said.
“The major band of rain is over the central coast of Forster and we are on the southern tip.”
The current crowd record dates back to 1920 when 58,466 people packed the SCG to watch Australia fall to England.
Each team must play five over’s for the match to constitute a game under ICC rules.
If you are choosing to head out to the cricket tonight, take your umbrella, but hope you don’t have to use it.