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Ashes: What are the conditions in Hobart for the fifth test: Brett Geeves

As the fourth test wrapped up and both teams mulled over the outcome of the match and how they should move forward with planning for the fifth test in Hobart, there would have been only one question on the mind of all players, coaching staff and travel. the partners.

Should I bring a sweater? The answer is a definite yes.

The majority of Tasmanians are too parochial to admit that the place is impossible to plan from a weather point of view.

Once they are done complaining about their lack of an AFL team and how they are constantly being excluded from national gasoline price controls on Today Tonight, it is important that you remind them that they are not. there is no shame in being the closest body. from land to Antarctica and a cool southerly breeze is to be expected.

In fact, if you rowed a boat at 50 km / h on the Arctic Line, you would get to the South Pole around the same time it took your mom and dad to learn how to use Facetime effectively.

And that’s the problem for Blundstone Arena, especially after 8 p.m. there is no more land between Bellerive Beach and the Arctic. This is a southerly change from the biggest case of crowd frostbite on record at an international cricket match in January. A record I’m sure Tasmanians would love (comedy drum!).

No lie, I played a game at Blundstone Arena in early February 2008 where it was snowing on Mt Wellington and we were crushed by sleet as we ran from the ground. The next day, the mountain was covered with as much snow as I was with dust.

The biggest impact these chilly nighttime conditions could have on day / night play is the sway and movement of the new pink ball under the lights. Is this a myth anyway? Statistics suggest the hardest session to beat in day / night games in Australia is the first. Sunlight.

That’s a small sample size, and India’s total surrender last year is part of that sample size, but still the statistics don’t usually lie.

England captain Joe Root chats with the media during an England Ashes net session at Blundstone Arena. (Photo by Steve Bell / Getty Images)

Swing. Laminar and disorderly flow. What do scientists say about the ultimate swing conditions?

Andrew Hignell, a Ph.D. in geography and author of publications on the game, including “Rain Stops Play: The Geography of Cricket,” explains his point. “We generally think that when there is a lot of cloud cover, the ball will sway. The climatic reason is that you have low pressure, which adds humidity, which influences the way the ball moves through the air.

Humidity. Does a cold summer night carry humidity?

NASA scientist Rabi Mehta disagrees on the need for humidity. He studied the movement of cricket balls in the laboratory and attempted to reproduce the phenomenon of swing in the laboratory. Mehta discovered that humidity had no influence on the movement of the ball.

Interesting, eh. One thing is for sure, if you win the coin toss in the NASA lab, you want to strike first.

One for the eye exam.

The counter itself has undergone many transformations over the years. In the beginning – before 2003 – Bellerive held a roofless grandstand in the western corner of the land, a hill and terraced seating. Due to the unprotected position of the seafront of the central squares and the lack of protection of the stands against the wind, the wicket was exclusively dry. Low, slow and boring. Flaaaaat.

When the south stand was built in 2003, it created all kinds of problems – mainly for the crayfish-eating limbs because their view of the water had been blocked – for the wicket as it was now part of a completely ecosystem. foreigner.

The wind had been cut off from the central plaza, due to the king-size wall (6,000-seat south stand) between it and the beach, and the curators were faced with all kinds of problems to keep the plaza up to standard. first class. A Pura Cup match in February 2003 had to be abandoned on day two due to the dangerous nature of the wicket.

Since then, Tories have determined that the best wickets for red ball cricket need to start with plenty of grass and moisture to ensure the wicket can go all five days.

The last test match played in Blundstone Area was against South Africa in 2016. SA won the toss, bowled and rocked Australia for 85 at a wicket which the media described as THE HULK !! AN EXCITING GREEN MONSTER !!

Vernon Philander took 5-21 in the opening innings. Kyle Abbott took nine wickets for the game. Josh Hazlewood has won six wickets in South Africa’s only heats (326). And Australia have recorded 17 single-digit scores over their 22 individual innings.

Blundstone Arena is not a NASA laboratory. You want to win the toss, go bowling, and then throw the ball a yard taller than any other wicket in the country. The bounce of the trampoline makes it impossible to ride unless it is a full throw.

The only thing to watch out for is the crowds. COVID is more than rampant here and I see a lot of pre-purchased tickets being scalped online. The first three days were full, so the empty seats would be really flattened and wouldn’t reflect the excitement that captured Tassie with the option of hosting an Ashes Test.

The Poms would lick their lips. The conditions at Blundstone Arena and Hobart are at home. And you feel that if they want to steal one, winning the raffle and bowling is their best bet.

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