Brisbane's big wet has caused some sleepless nights but Gabba ground staff believe a break in the weather has them well-placed to deliver a high-quality wicket for the first Ashes Test.
Rainfall records tumbled across Queensland in November as the La Nina weather system created havoc with pre-Test preparations.
While Australia and England have had limited opportunity to practice on the field in the build-up to Wednesday's first day of the series, it also had Gabba head curator David Sandurski nervously watching the skies.
Fortunately a break in the rain over the weekend has allowed some much-needed sunshine to bake the pitch, and have Sandurski confident he and his team will hand over the wicket they want to for the opening Test.
"Rolling is a key indicator of how to get a good wicket but you also need the wind and the sun to finish it off, to bake it and get it rock hard," Sandurski said.
"Without that wind and sun, you can't get a rock hard wicket.
"It's definitely tricky with that weather.
"To get those two good days in a fair way out from the game was good to set the wicket up in a position where we can sort of nurse it from here to the game."
Sandurski believed overhead conditions will have more of a say in how the pitch plays than the pitch itself, with overcast and humid weather likely to favour bowlers while a clear sky could be encouragement for batsmen.
He wasn't, however, in a position to offer advice to new Australian captain Pat Cummins about what would be the correct option at Wednesday's toss.
"Too early to do now and I'll leave that up to the professionals," he said.
"I couldn't hit the ball off the square, so I let him sort that one out."
Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for the first three days of the Test with conditions to improve on Saturday before another patchy outlook for Sunday.
"A little bit of rain can freshen it up. It all adds spice to the game," Sandurski said.
"I suppose that's the beauty of playing on turf wickets, that's what makes the game so exciting."
Australian Associated Press