Australia vs New Zealand: Coach Langer expects rain in the third test at the steaming Sydney
SYDNEY Australia coach Justin Langer he found himself in the unusual position of waiting for rain before the third test against New Zealand This week, while forest fires continued to wreak havoc across the country.
The wet weather is no friend to try Cricket , forcing players to leave the field so that they can be long periods and, often, interrupting the matches to the extent that no result is possible.
Smoke from forest fires that have destroyed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) was a more immediate threat on Wednesday with a thick fog that covered the Sydney Cricket Ground and encouraging fears for the health of the players.
Langer, however, suggested a little perspective would be required when the final Test in a series Australia already lead 2-0 got underway at the ground on Friday.
"There's not much we can do," he told reporters. "There'll be a lot of people who will keep on top of it but the reality is this is a game of Cricket .
It's probably stupid the first time I say this in my life (but) I hope it rains a bit in the Test match because Sydney needs it.
"I hope it rains at night so we can keep playing Cricket but Sydney, like other parts of Australia , needs the rain doesn't it?"
A game of the Big Bash League (BBL) between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers in the Manuka Oval of Canberra was abandoned on December 21 due to dangerous conditions caused by the Forest fire smoke.
A number of spectators at the ground required medical attention and Cricket Australia (CA) later said that players would be more at risk because they were exercising.
The government of New South Wales on Wednesday described the air quality in the area around the SCG as dangerous.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) will be monitoring the air quality ahead of the Test match and Langer said the team doctor had been given the responsibility of making calls over whether conditions were fit for play.
We will monitor it, we will do our best, Langer added.
"We're feeling for all the Australia ns who are suffering ... Hopefully, all we can do is put a smile on their face by playing some good Cricket ."