New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day March 18, 2013

Wellington washout keeps series square


New Zealand 254 (McCullum 69, Broad 6-51) and 162 for 2 (Williamson 55*) drew with England 465 (Trott 121, Compton 100, Prior 82)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Auckland will decide the Test series after the final day at the Basin Reserve was abandoned without a ball bowled. The final decision, which had looked likely from early morning as steady rain fell, came shortly after 2pm.

The tail-end of Cyclone Sandra had arrived on cue during the fourth day and the weather was worse on the final morning, with low cloud and rain meaning that players from both teams returned to their hotels when it was clear there would be no action before lunch. Although the skies brightened around midday, the outfield had taken a lot of water and there was never really a big effort to clear the area.

The umpires, Asad Rauf and Rod Tucker, had a couple of inspections during the afternoon and some of the players prodded around on the outfield without anyone looked particularly keen to get out there. Further rain then made the decision easy.

In a flip of the situation in Dunedin, this time England will be frustrated and New Zealand relieved. Alastair Cook had enforced the follow-on on the third evening but his bowlers only managed two wickets in the second innings on a docile surface. Even without the assistance of the weather, the home side could have saved the match - their top-order put in a stubborn display in their second innings, led by Kane Williamson's unbeaten half-century.

England's bowlers were not at their best second time around, having worked hard to remove New Zealand for 254, and the fast men were feeling the effects of back-to-back innings in the field. Monty Panesar, while steady, did not provide the wicket-taking threat that will have been hoped for although did create some difficulties out of the rough.

Both teams will now travel north with an eager eye in the pitch, a drop-in, that will be prepared at Eden Park. Bowlers from both sides have been forced to labour during lengthy stints in the field and it is not inconceivable that some fresh legs will be needed for the final match.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on March 19, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunatic says that England were at one end of the spectrum while RandyUK says that they were at the other. If we got the two of them close enough, do you think that they'd behave like matter and anti-matter and annihilate each other? Oh what a world it would be...

  • John on March 19, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @RandyUK on (March 18, 2013, 11:37 GMT), as were Australia. Oh, hang on, Australia lost anyway, even with a whole day lost to rain.

  • John on March 18, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I posted something similar on another thread and the only response I got was from a junk commenter but I'd be interested in hearing sensible comms re an idea of playing an extra hour plus of cricket per day in the 1st few days of a test if there is weather predicted for later in the test.

    My proposal would be to do this and then if the weather doesn't materialise the extra overs played can be taken off the final day. I also feel this could happen in the English domestic CC and while these extra overs may not help produce positive results in half the games , if it helps increase the chances of producing positive results in more games surely this can only be a good thing?

  • j on March 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    England would be 2-0 up if it wasn't for the weather. England continue to have an attack that has humiliated the likes of Australia so many times that they just do it for fun. I for one will never forget the Whitewash last year, and I look forward to more this year, provided the weather holds and doens't deny them victory after victory.

  • James on March 18, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Of course we were Randy ;) Shame there wasn't more rain in Mohali - some effort to lose a game in 4 days after scoring 400 in the first innings. Onto more serious matters, sad to see, what has been an intriguing series so far, spoiled by the weather. I think its fair to say that England were the likely winners in this test but their lack of luck with the weather balances out the fortune they had in Dunedin. It would be a great shame if the 3rd test was also disrupted, particularly with the decent crowds that have turned out. I still think their is room for improvement for England while i think NZ are at full capacity, i fancy England to sneak the 3rd test.

  • david on March 18, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    hi randy thought you were away as not seen or read your poignant points on all cricketing matters pertaining to England. we make the opposition follow on and loose over a days play making the better option of us batting again and not enforcing the follow on and using the lost time to bowl them out on a 5 th day pitch.

  • Randolph on March 18, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    England saved by the rain once again.

  • Chris on March 18, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Come on guys, the weather is all part of cricket! You, I and nobody for that matter can predict what the weather is going to do in any part of the globe (the UK for that matter has rain in case you didn't know). It's an unfortunate end, but at the end of the day, if England were good enough they would have bowled us out in the 2nd innings. Good on NZ for batting it out. Williamson showing his maturity. We are looking at NZ's future captain.

  • Shanmugam on March 18, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @Ross_Co, I agree that we were relieved to get a draw in the first game on the back of some solid batting in the 2nd innings but please explain, in this game we enforced the follow-on and while we struggled to get 2nd innings wickets consistently, we still were well in control of the game. Surely that 1st innings in Dunedin was an aberration. So, how is it that we managed to" hang on" a drawn series?

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    I'll say this before others wrongly complain about the NZ weather - Dunedin's weather was sunny for a few weeks before the Test and March is usually quite sunny and in Wellington was the same story to the point the region was declared a drought zone and the city was running out of water. Cricket fans have just been very very unlucky with uncharacteristic weather.