Wet Outfield Forces Third Day's Play Between South Africa-New Zealand To be Abandoned

Updated: 21 August 2016 21:08 IST

Wet outfield resulted in the third day's play getting washed out completely between South Africa and New Zealand in Durban.

Wet Outfield Forces Third Day
Wet outfield resulted in third day getting washed out in the first Test between South Africa-New Zealand. © AFP

A wet outfield prevented any play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead on Sunday.

New Zealand remained on 15 for two in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 263.

Rain, which started falling at lunchtime on Saturday, continued through Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Although the sun was shining at the scheduled resumption of play, there were extensive wet, muddy areas on a field which was re-seeded in June and was flooded by a freak storm in July.

After an inspection by the umpires at midday (1000 GMT), it was announced that underfoot conditions remained treacherous, with water coming up to the surface.

Following a further inspection two hours later, it was decided conditions would not improve in time for play to get under way.

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Topics mentioned in this article South Africa Cricket Team New Zealand Cricket Team Kingsmead, Durban Cricket
Highlights
  • Second day's play was abandoned due to wet outfield
  • South Africa were bowled out for 263
  • New Zealand have never won a series in South Africa
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