England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day

Persistent showers force opening-day abandonment

The Report by George Dobell

May 24, 2013

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Persistent showers prevented any play on the first day of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.

Although there were brief gaps in the clouds, the weather did not relent enough even for the toss to be taken or teams named. The forecast is better for the weekend, though, and an extra half-hour can be added to each remaining day of the game. It was the first time since 1980 that the opening day at Headingley had been washed out.

England are expected to name an unchanged team from the side that won the first Test at Lord's by 170 runs. That means there will be no recall for Tim Bresnan on his home ground and another chance for Steven Finn.

New Zealand are expected to make two changes. With left-arm spinner Bruce Martin and wicketkeeper BJ Watling both injured, New Zealand will field a four-man seam attack with Doug Bracewell coming back into the side, while Brendon McCullum will keep wicket and Martin Guptill will strengthen a batting line-up with was blown away for just 68 in the second innings at Lord's. That would leave Kane Williamson, a part-time offspinner, as their only spin option.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 25, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

With Aus. barely capable of stringing together a team, it's so funny how Randy and Mitty insist on coming to the England threads with their 'pot-calling-kettle-black' remarks. When Aus. play, Lady Luck is usually on their side, so opponents have to play against her.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

@RandyUK on (May 24, 2013, 15:48 GMT), unlike in Hobart, where there was no rain to save Australia from defeat to NZ.

Posted by Mitty2 on (May 25, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

Risky move to have a four man seam attack... Could blow up in their faces... Expect broad to show us all that his performance last test was an aberration helped by very poor stroke play and he will go back to his mediocre best. Oh how England could be world class if they fielded bowlers who aren't terribly inconsistent and terribly expensive as both of Finn and broad inherently are. But where broad and Finn are akin to MJ in economy rate, bresnan is akin to ishant sharma in how innocuous he is...

How bad would it be to be onions... Obviously a superior quick to any English but tremlett and Anderson yet constantly left out. He averaged what 14 last year in the county when all of bresnan, broad and Finn were showing their true colours against SA... Poor guy

Posted by Cover_drive_55 on (May 24, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Looking at weather it may not matter, but is the final English XI announced for this test? Cricinfo still shows 12 player. I was curious to see if Bresnan gets a go (ideally he should) so as all bowlers get a go before the ashes. For that matter Onions also deserved a chance, may be by resting Jimmy once in a while thus managing Jimmy's workload.

Posted by whatawicket on (May 24, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

covers on all day win the toss guess it insertion on Saturday for whoever wins the toss

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster Fair on who? Certainly not the good people of Yorkshire who turned up hoping to see some cricket

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (May 24, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Well it's only fair that rain has played spoilsport here. Even the heavens don't wish to see another meaningless TEST match between England and NZ. I hope more rain comes tomorrow as well. Enjoy the sound of pitter-patter raindrops Black Caps.

Posted by Cover_drive_55 on (May 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Well, I really don't see England are saved here. Perhaps NZ may have been. Definitely so after the first test win by English camp.

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Once again, England are saved by the rain. I know it is a poor excuse and you make your own luck, but seriously the amount of time it saves them is uncanny.

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