WNCL match postponed because of bushfires

Rob Forsaith
Bushfire smoke in Canberra has forced the postponement of the ACT Comets cricket match in Sydney

Bushfires have prompted the postponement of a women's one-day cricket match after ACT were unable to leave Canberra, while Nathan Lyon had no complaints about the haze cloaking the SCG.

The ACT Meteors were due to face a NSW XI captained by Alyssa Healy at Sydney's Hurstville Oval on Monday.

They were originally set to make the trip via the Hume Highway but that plan was scrapped because of road closures.

The squad's flight on Sunday was then cancelled because of smoke blanketing the nation's capital, which has experienced the worst air quality of any city in the world over recent days.

The Meteors have been unable to train in recent days, while a Big Bash League match in Canberra was abandoned on December 21 because of poor air quality.

The Sydney Thunder are slated to host Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval on January 15, with Cricket Australia certain to monitor the situation closely.

There had been fears the trans-Tasman Test at the SCG would be halted at some point on the weekend because of poor air quality or visibility.

The air quality index (AQI) hit 187 in Randwick on Sunday, with 200 considered hazardous, but play never stopped.

"It hasn't even been spoken about. We're not going to sit here and complain about smoke," Lyon told reporters.

"We're not here to whinge about that because there's so many other people in worse conditions and worse places than we are.

"The smoke is absolutely no dramas."

CA has announced a range of fund-raising efforts, while Australia's bowling attack is donating $1000 for each wicket they claim during the final Test against New Zealand.

"Probably my best mate, his wife's family is based down in Bermagui. They've had some pretty hard times lately," Lyon said.

"I haven't been in contact with them in the last 24 hours, so I don't know how his family is going.

"The true heroes in Australia right now are the firefighters and volunteers.

"It's such a small little thing for us to donate $1000 a wicket."