Opening Ashes Test is in danger of being completely WASHED OUT… with forecasts predicting La Nina storms will batter Brisbane for the first four days having already seriously disrupted England’s preparations

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  • La Nina weather mood disrupts England’s preparations for Ashes
  • England could manage only 29 overs on the first morning of their first warm-up match
  • His last shot in match practice on Wednesday washed out the second day
  • Bad conditions can bring England fast bowlers into the competition in Australia

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The start of the Ashes may be on an all-out bleak, now stormy Brisbane forecast for the first four days of next week’s opening Test.

Unseasonal La Nia weather patterns have severely disrupted England’s preparations for the Ashes, which is set to dominate the first installment of the series and could affect the other four Tests, with torrential downpours across Australia’s east coast. It’s raining.

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England have bowled only 29 overs on the first morning of their first warm-up game before the La Nia attack in Queensland. On Wednesday, the second day of their last chance of securing any kind of match practice was completely washed out.

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The first Ashes Test between England and Australia in Brisbane could turn out to be a washout

Unseasonal La Nia weather has disrupted England's Ashes preparations

Unseasonal La Nia weather has disrupted England’s Ashes preparations

It was believed that the late arrival of Ben Stokes in the Ashes team could balance the England team and give Jack Leach’s spinner a chance at the Gabba.

but sportsmail It was revealed last summer that England were considering going with an all-seam attack in the Ashes and relying on captain Joe Root anyway due to the historic lack of success for finger spinners in Australia.

And with the sultry conditions that could have brought more England pacers into the competition than imagined, Leach appeared to have had any chance of playing in the first Test.

But the left-arm spinner, a perennial reserve for the last two Covid-hit years, remained upbeat on Wednesday as England again took cover from rain at their Brisbane base and were forced to practice some indoors.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes

Jack Leach has been a perennial reserve in the last two Covid-hit years

It was believed that a late arrival from Ben Stokes (left) could give spinner Jack Leach (right) a chance at the Gabba

But SportsMail revealed that last summer England were considering going with an all-seam attack (pictured LR: Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson and James Anderson)

But SportsMail revealed that last summer England were considering going with an all-seam attack (pictured LR: Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson and James Anderson)

“Stoxys coming back is a huge encouragement for all of us,” Leach said. ‘It really helps things in terms of balance and is probably good news for the spin department.

‘I was thinking about this series when I was not playing in the summer so I think preparations are on. Now it’s about getting out there and doing it.

Meanwhile, the BBC on Wednesday gave a broadcasting lifeline to Michael Vaughan, saying they would continue to work with him next year. But he is out of the Ashes.

Vaughan was dropped from the Test Match Special team after Azeem Rafiq was implicated in allegations of institutional racism in Yorkshire, with the BBC insisting that his position as a commentator was compromised by his involvement in the story.

Meanwhile the BBC has given a broadcasting lifeline to former captain Michael Vaughan (above)

Meanwhile the BBC has given a broadcasting lifeline to former captain Michael Vaughan (above)

The former England captain is still to work on television coverage of the Ashes for Australia’s Fox Sports but, as sportsmail Revealed last week, BT would not use his comment on Vaughn’s involvement.

That means BT are hastily recruiting their own commentary team, with Ian Bell expected to join in late, but Vaughan tweeted on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID and his arrival in Australia. will be delayed.

If they are denied commentary for the first two Tests, as is now expected, BT will use full Fox commentary.

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