Doctor’s orders can keep the wind in England’s sails

Black Swan on the Swan River, Perth Western Au...

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On the Swan River just behind the Waca the white horses are jumping up and down furiously. The Doctor is calling as it does every day sometime around noon.

You may be a bit fed up of hearing about the sea breeze known as “The Fremantle Doctor“. But it matters. Even though you never see it, the wind can play a major role in any sporting event, especially in Perth, which is often cited as the second windiest city in the old Commonwealth.

The wind dictates so much that happens in a cricket match. Take the Ashes Test here four years ago. England were already struggling when Andrew Flintoff tossed the ball to Monty Panesar in Australia’s second innings. Adam Gilchrist was flexing his muscles and he probably could not believe his eyes – or his luck – when Panesar was invited to bowl from the Prindiville Stand End at the Waca.

Full story: The Guardian

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