New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 1st day March 6, 2013

Opening day washed out

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Toss New Zealand chose to bowl v England
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The opening day of the series was abandoned without a ball bowled in Dunedin as heavy rain swept across the ground shortly after New Zealand had won the toss and put England into bat.

Although there were periods when the rain eased off, and occasionally the groundstaff would make it to the middle, further bursts kept ensuring no mopping process was able to start. The umpires called the day off after the tea interval and time will be made up over the remaining days, with a 10am start and late finish, although the forecast is not too promising.

The day was dominated by news of Graeme Swann being forced out of the tour for elbow surgery after Monty Panesar had been named in England's team for this Test. There was also a return for Stuart Broad after his heel problems.

Despite the overhead conditions, New Zealand handed a debut to left-arm spinner Bruce Martin instead of playing Ian Butler as a fourth seamer. Butler, who hasn't played a Test since 2004, was called into the squad after Doug Bracewell was ruled out when he cut his foot on glass as he cleaned up after a party.

Martin, 32, was first part of a New Zealand squad in 2000 but did not get another call-up until the tour of South Africa earlier this year.

New Zealand 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 Peter Fulton, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Tim Southee, 9 Bruce Martin, 11 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Joe Root, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Steven Finn, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jadejafan on March 6, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Joe Root is too overrated :)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 6, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    What was that about underestimating NZ? Cook got uncharacteristically cocky against a weak NZ attack.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 6, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain... itsy bitsy England begin their climb up the rankings again!

  • 5wombats on March 6, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Er, move along please..... nothing to see here.....!

  • mzm149 on March 6, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Best chance for New Zealand to get a favorable result in this test match i.e. a draw.

  • dummy4fb on March 6, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    like reaching 500 is that easy on that much damp pitch after whole day showered by rain,,,england will be lucky if they even got 300mark which is very hard to get in these situations

  • shortsillypoint on March 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Agree Dunedin is not test country but they wont need 5 days anyway. At least NZ came out of the first day all square. Will be interesting how NZ bowlers do on a tasty wicket - could be a lottery.

  • zn264 on March 6, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    why bother playing down there, keep the test matches to the sunny parts of the country! If they want a test played in the south island, maybe they should give Nelson a crack. Oh well great to see NZ's first day of test cricket to be played this summer is rained off and most of the crowd will need there winter woolies on, sigh. On a more positive note, England 4 down before lunch tomorrow, c'mon boys.

  • dummy4fb on March 6, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @talkcric.com - if the Ford Trophy one-day comp is any indication, pitches here are not as green as they used to be. 2,110 runs in three 50-over matches yesterday! (417v398, 356v343, and 309v287 in a 41 over game)! Several 300+ scores have been chased down this season too.

  • wanatawu on March 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Rain, Rain. The same as with SA last year it is only the rain that can prevent NZ of being whitewashed

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