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Weather again threatens to rain on Aussies’ Ashes parade as showers set to hit Hobart

Weather again threatens to rain on Aussies’ Ashes parade as showers set to hit Hobart

Rain threatens to again put a dampener on the Ashes series with a high chance of showers on the first three days of the day-night fifth Test at Blundstone Arena.

The forecast for day one paints a grim picture with a high chance of showers in the afternoon and evening surrounding the first two sessions of the final pink ball Test.

“Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely late this afternoon and evening,” the forecast reads.

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“Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening.”

Australia ran out of time to get the last wicket remaining in the Sydney Test due to showers on the first day of the match and intermittently throughout the game, costing them a chance at an Ashes series sweep as England held on for a brave draw.

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Pink ball Tests historically end earlier than the fifth day, but the Adelaide Oval pink ball Test earlier this summer went the distance.

Australia will be hoping for as much play as possible as they bid to celebrate their Ashes series victory with a win in the final Test of the summer.

HOBART’S FIVE DAY FORECAST

Friday: 22, showers increasing (90% chance of rain 1 to 3mm)

Saturday: 25, shower or two (60% chance of rain 1 to 4mm)

Sunday: 23, possible shower (40% chance of rain 0 to 1mm)

Monday: 22, partly cloudy (20% chance of rain)

Tuesday: 19, cloudy (10% chance of rain 1 to 3mm)

TEAMS

Australia XI (likely): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon

England XI (likely): Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood

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