England cricketers appealed successfully against the heat in Perth, Australia as temperatures rose to nearly 50 degrees and players began falling over in a stupor.
Sportingly the Aussies, following the suggestion of England fast bowler Anderson, agreed to switch the last day or two of the current Test Match from Perth Australia to Perth Scotland.
Currently snowdrifts on the Perth cricket pitch mean, despite frantic efforts to clear the pitch of snow, that play may not be possible for a while. The game is therefore likely to be drawn.
'It's tough on England' sympathised Aussie captain Ricky Ponting (still reeling from the bankruptcy of his holiday firm in the UK)'they were poised for victory and winning the ashes. Now the poor old Brits face playing again to retain the ashes.'
Anderson, now a favourite with his Aussie pals declared: 'I was ready for a match winning century and now the weather has destroyed my dreams. Both Perth in Western Australia and Perth, Scotland have conspired to rob me of the laurels I deserve.'
The Barmy Army have yet to catch up with the whereabouts of the England team. One familiar supporter, Crazy Burns, said he felt deprived of the victory which England had within their reach.