The air quality in Canberra will be monitored during the opening set of matches within the tri-series between Australia, England and India as smoke haze continues to affect the Australian capital from bushfires within the area.
The collection will get underway on Friday when England tackle India at Manuka Oval earlier than Australia play twice over the weekend.
Australia skilled in hazy situations on Thursday after medical employees assessed the air quality. It was improved from Wednesday when smoke from a big bushfire south of the town blanketed Canberra. Earlier this season a BBL match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval was deserted when smoke drifted throughout the bottom.
At one level on Thursday the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 167 which falls within the ‘unhealthy’ vary – 300 is when it’s thought of hazardous and the purpose at which ICC pointers say consideration ought to be given to halting matches. By the night it had dropped to a reasonable stage of 78.
The remaining resolution on situations during the matches will be within the fingers of the umpires and ICC match referee though they are going to seek the advice of with medical employees together with the Australia workforce physician Philippa Inge.
“There was a little bit [of smoke] around and it’s something we need to keep an eye on, but we got through all our training and our doctor is keeping an eye on what all that looks like,” Australia captain Meg Lanning stated. “It’s out of our hands, really, so it’s not something we are too concerned about. If we get delayed or things like that then we’ll have to deal with but with the fires going on there’s a lot of devastation around the country and they are the people we need to worry about and support.”
An extra issue over the weekend will be very excessive temperatures which can be anticipated to exceed 40 levels though from Australia’s perspective the warmth was not a priority.
“Yeah, it’s going to be pretty hot over the weekend but it’s a summer sport and we expect conditions like that and we are reasonably used to it as well,” Lanning stated. “We’ll leave those sorts of decisions [about the game] to the doctor and the match ref, they are the experts in that and they’ll make those decisions and we’ll go with whatever happens.”
England skilled indoors at Phillip Oval, south-west of the town centre, on Thursday though it’s understood that was circuitously associated to points over the air quality. They have three asthmatics of their squad who haven’t reported any issues during the keep in Canberra.