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Weather throws spanner in the works

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2009 23:42 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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The Meterological Department claimed it was 16 degrees Centigrade on Monday morning. But with rain falling lightly through the morning and a cold northerly blowing across the city, practice was a damp squib for the Indians.

They say the weather in Melbourne is fickle but Christchurch showcased a variety of conditions in the space of a few hours.

Being deep down south, summer is on its last legs and autumn beckons. The morning was cold and grey and India were forced indoors.

Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan did some light stretching and jogging while Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Munaf Patel watched England A collapse against New Zealand Emerging.

With the pitches being covered, the Indians settled for a two-hour indoor training session that ended with a short team talk.

Even as they returned to the hotel, the clouds parted and Christchurch's summer showed its colours. The temperature went up immediately, the wind chill vanished, and New Zealand's players rolled in for a full-fledged net session.

On Tuesday, the Indians will have a chance to get used to another set of conditions.

They will begin with a training session in the afternoon at Lincoln Park and then wait for the sun to set - it's bright till about 8 pm at this time of the year - before making a brief visit to the AMI Stadium to take in the conditions under lights.

Formerly Lancaster Park, the AMI Stadium will stage the first Twenty20 match of the series on Wednesday.