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Sport Perth heat gives Australia an edge over NZ

01:55  12 december  2019
01:55  12 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Perth has not endured a heatwave in almost four years, but that could be about to change

  Perth has not endured a heatwave in almost four years, but that could be about to change The term 'heatwave' gets thrown about during Perth's warmer months when temperatures climb into uncomfortable territory, but the city has actually escaped the past three summers without one. The last time WA's Department of Health declared an official heatwave was in February 2016, when Perth's maximum temperature surpassed 40 degrees Celsius for four days in a row. The department defines a heatwave as three or more consecutive days when the forecast minimum and maximum temperatures average at least 32C.

His innings of just over six hours had a six and 13 fours and was the first test century at the new Perth Stadium. Kohli snared at second SLIP. Kohli, 30, joined Sachin Tendulkar with six test centuries each in Australia . While Tendulkar scored his in 29 innings over 16 tests, Kohli achieved it

His innings of just over six hours had a six and 13 fours and was the first test century at the new Perth Stadium. Kohli snared at second SLIP. Kohli, 30, joined Sachin Tendulkar with six test centuries each in Australia . While Tendulkar scored his in 29 innings over 16 tests, Kohli achieved it

  Perth heat gives Australia an edge over NZ © Getty Australian players will be hoping Perth's extreme heat gives them an edge when they take on New Zealand in the day-night Test at Optus Stadium.

A top of 39 degrees is being forecast for day one on Thursday, with maximums of 40 degrees forecast for the next three days.

Play will start at 1pm local time each day.

While the heat will be uncomfortable for Australia's players, it's set to be unbearable for the Kiwis, who are far more accustomed to temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s at this time of year.

Perth smashes December heat record just weeks after November record melts away

  Perth smashes December heat record just weeks after November record melts away Perth posts its earliest 40-degree day in December on record as the city experiences a sweltering start to summer on the heels of a record-breaking November. © AAP: Kelly Barnes Perth has suffered through its earliest 40-degree December day on record. The temperature climbed to 41.6 degrees Celsius just after midday, eclipsing the previous record of 40.4C on December 5, 1977. "We've got a slow-moving high pressure system sitting in the bight and it's directing very hot north-easterly air down towards the west coast," Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said.

The extreme temperatures forecast in Perth will give Australia " a real advantage" in the first Test against New Zealand which starts on Thursday. Temperatures are predicted to reach 41C during the day-night Test. New Zealand begin the three-match series ranked second in the world, three places

Australia 's cricketers feel they have the advantage playing New Zealand in expected 40C temperatures in Perth . At first glance New Zealand 's lack of a warmup match and the extreme heat gives hosts Australia a leg-up, coming off a day-night test victory over Pakistan – their sixth from as

Australia captain Tim Paine hopes it plays into his team's favour.

"As Joe Burns touched on, we're all Australians, we're all used to it, probably barring me and Matthew Wade (because we're from Tasmania)," Paine said.

"It's just part of the job now. It certainly won't affect us. We thrive on these conditions. I think it can be a real advantage to us."

While the general outside temperature will be around 40 degrees, the temperature on the wicket is set to be closer to 50.

NZ skipper Kane Williamson says the conditions will be a challenge for his side.

"If it's 50, then it could be quite challenging for anyone in the ground, whether it's a player or not," Williamson said.

"But at the same time it's a dry heat. Being here a few days prior (has been) important to acclimatise to the conditions.

"We'll have to see how it feels at the time and try to monitor some of those things as you go. It will definitely be a factor."

An extra drinks break is expected to be included for each session to help the players stay hydrated.

Starc rips New Zealand apart in Perth Test .
Mitchell Starc has claimed his third five-wicket haul in seven pink-ball Tests to have New Zealand all out for 166, trailing Australia by 250 in Perth.Starc finished with figures of 5-52 on Saturday to have New Zealand all out for 166, claiming one wicket in the afternoon session after taking four under lights on Friday in Perth.

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