sport news A good omen for England? Record Ashes rainfall means conditions will be more ...

sport news A good omen for England? Record Ashes rainfall means conditions will be more ...
sport news A good omen for England? Record Ashes rainfall means conditions will be more ...
A good omen for England? Record Ashes rainfall means conditions will be more like Bristol than Brisbane in the first Test... and the last time the elements were like this in Australia was the historic 2010-11 tour! La Nina, El Nino's counterpart contributes to wetter summers in Australia  Teeming rain prevented a ball being bowled on first day of practice match  There's a growing likelihood that conditions will be more Bristol than Brisbane  The first Test match of the five-match series gets underway in a week's time 

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For months now the Ashes debate has focused on how England's bowling is missing an X-factor. Well, it might just have rolled into town in the form of a once-in-a-decade weather pattern.

La Nina, the lesser-known, counterpart of El Nino, is a climate fluctuation of cooler than average sea temperatures and trade winds in the Pacific which contributes to moderate, wetter summers in Australia.

Those searching for good omens in the tourists' camp on Tuesday only needed to look outside at the teeming rain that prevented a ball being bowled on the first day of a four-day practice match at the Ian Healy Oval.

La Nina prevented a single ball from being bowled in England's intra-squad practice match

La Nina prevented a single ball from being bowled in England's intra-squad practice match

The last time the weather was this bad was during England's win Down Under in 2010-11

The last time the weather was this bad was during England's win Down Under in 2010-11

On one hand, Joe Root's team lack meaningful preparation heading to the Gabba. On the other, there's a growing

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