South Africa bat against Australia during the third one-day international cricket match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on November 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

82 millimetres of rain has fallen in the last four days in Canberra, yet the Manuka Oval pitch seems to be ready to go for Wednesday and Friday's T20Is between Australia and England.

Curator Tom Fahey believes the pitch will hold up and be ready to go but still needs to put some finishing touches on the surface to make sure it holds up between Wednesday and Friday.

Cricket ACT's opening weekend has already been washed out, along with Canberra Racing's Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day on Friday.

“It's hard. We've prepared it. We were pretty much planning for this rain so we wanted to get it hard by Wednesday," Fahey said, per The Canberra Times. 

“It's hard, we just need Monday and Tuesday now to do the finishing touches and we'll be good to go.

“We've put the time in and we're as ready as we can be. You can't fight Mother Nature, but we've taken every precaution that we can.

"There shouldn't be too much rain on Monday and Tuesday, with forecasts suggesting the next downpour might hold off until Thursday. Touch wood. The Manuka pitch was renowned for being a batter's paradise.

“All we can ask for is for that hard, bouncy and fast pitch.

“With the weather around it might be a little bit on the slower side, but that's cricket at this time of year.“

"We just haven't had the sun so we've just got to work with what we've got.”

Fahey has been making sure for weeks that the Manuka pitch will be ready for this week, and even with the unprecedented amount of rain he has had to deal with, but believes that the 'excellent' drainage will hold up for the week.

“We looked at long-range forecasts and we're planning weeks ahead.” Fahey stated.

“This was planned for. We've taken every precaution we can. We back our covers and we just take our windows.

“We're in damage control really. We just peel them back when it stops and we change our hessians so it stays dry.

“We're in each other's pockets a bit, but the boys are keen. We're keen for the start of the cricket season.

“It's obviously our centenary year as well so there's a big celebration for that and it would be fantastic if we can get two great games of cricket to start off the season.”

The first T20I at Manuka Oval begins on Wednesday night between Australia and England.