In the late afternoon today, play in the Second Test of the current Ashes series, between Australia and England, at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia, was interrupted because of heavy rain falling on the pitch. The photo above was taken by Marc Aspland for The Times, showing the storm clouds gathering while the sun was still shining on the Oval.
For me, this is a stunning photograph, like nothing I’ve seen in Australian online newspapers, and is one reason why I enjoy subscribing to The Times (for £8.66 a month).
I won’t comment on the game. But it seems that it will be a draw, unless England manage to dismiss the Australian team on Day 5 in time to have a victory.
The maximum temperature in Adelaide today was 33C at 2.41pm, and within an hour or so, fell to 21C. I lived in Adelaide for 24 years, from early 1959 to 1983, and I used to find these summer storms and sudden temperature drops quite exciting.