El Nino arrives too late to save England

Finally, El Nino arrived to offer England a saving grace.

The only problem is, it’s a month too late and the Ashes have already been signed and sealed to stay Down Under.

Four weeks ago, the heavy rain of an Australian summer was supposed to come to the aid of England.

Former England manager Trevor Bayliss predicted the ball could move like it did at the English wickets.

Maybe Stuart Broad would feel like he had a Dukes cricket ball in his hand and terrorize Australian lefties like he did in 2019 when Bayliss was in charge.

Until Wednesday, most of this summer’s rain had played against England.

It pretty much erased all their preparations, a point England constantly referred to as the moment when everything started to go wrong.

One session was lost in Brisbane, but that only saved Australia from the stick late on the first day of the series when the tourists were all out for 185 in rough conditions.

The rain also lingered ahead of Boxing Day’s game but when England lost the draw and was sent it ended up 3-61 at lunch.

But as has so often been the case in recent years, the heaviest rainfall this summer came from the Sydney Test.

In the first five hours of play on Wednesday, only 21.4 overs were possible.

The rain has now had a significant impact on five of the last six SCG tests, while the soil has seen more wash days than any other in Australia.

The troubled days of the Sydney cricket test have apparently become the only guarantee in the wild world of COVID-19.

A look at the forecast ahead suggests that might be enough to help England avoid a 5-0 whitewash, with the draw being the preferred option in Sydney.

Since those hopes that Broad will feel at home in Australia, England have lost the Ashes in record time.

Five coaches have fallen with COVID-19, including head coach Chris Silverwood and his two bowling mentors.

The English batsmen were roughly exposed on Australian pitches, their attacking pace went all wrong in the first two tests and they threw too many expensive no-balls.

And Broad himself only played 36 overs in the first three tests, playing just once as captain Joe Root sent almost as many overs.

El Nino may have finally returned to rain on the ashes, but it is far too late to offer any real help to England.


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