Smoke, heat issues for women's T20 series

Eamonn Tiernan

Australia and England had to alter their training due to bushfire smoke while preparing for a women's international cricket tri-series with India in Canberra.

The ACT has been sporadically blanketed in smoke, depending on winds, for more than two months and fires continue to burn within 10 kilometres of the capital.

International Cricket Council officials will monitor the air quality index and if it reaches 300, which has been recorded in Canberra this month, play will be abandoned at Manuka Oval.

The opening match between England and India is on Friday afternoon and temperatures are forecast to hit 41C for the first two days of Twenty20 the series, plus 35C on Sunday.

"It's going to hit 40s which obviously we're not used to ... but I think the smoke might be a little bit more of an issue unfortunately," England captain Heather Knight said on Thursday.

"We trained indoors today, the level was deemed a little bit too high.

"It wasn't ideal but there are more important things than cricket going on."

A Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at Manuka Oval was abandoned due to bushfire smoke last month.

W-League and WNBL matches have also been abandoned in Canberra this summer for the same reason.

Australian skipper Meg Lanning said safety decisions regarding training were left in the hands of the team doctor.

"It's something we've got to keep an eye on but we got through all our training today," Lanning said.

"We adjusted our training slightly. We were just being smart and not taking any undue risks. Our doctor is keeping an eye on what that looks like.

"It's not something we're too concerned about, if we get delayed we'll just have to deal with it.

"With the fires going on there's a lot of devastation going on around the country and they're really the people we need to worry about and support."

India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur said her side was used to playing blistering heat and smoggy conditions back home.