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

Opening day washed out

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on March 6, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    monty did well in the subcontinent last year. Hope he does the same on less helpful wickets of New Zealand

  • JG2704 on March 6, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 on (March 5, 2013, 22:48 GMT) - As said before

    re "Excuse me, but what has he done that Bairstow hasn't?"

    Answer = averaged very near to 100 in the CC top tier last season. He's certainly not reproduced it in India but he didn't look totally at sea in that series. Listen I like Johnny and as I've said before he's been unlucky not to retain his place after SA but by the same token Nick's CC form has/had been better all season so he deserved his chance before Johnny and didn't get it - even after Johnny looked woeful vs WI , so swings and roundabouts there. If Nick doesn't do it in this series he should be dropped and even in this test (if we get a negative result). Another thing is Cook is at the other end so he can gage better than you and I re Compton

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Just checked the forecast for Denedin. Rain today, rain tomorrow (lots of it) rain Friday.. rain rain rain. I doubt we will get more than 150 overs in this entire test match. Expect tonight to be rained off for sure and probably tomorrow as well.

  • please_concentrate on March 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @meety - how's the fast track visa application for Fahwad Ahmed coming on?

  • Meety on March 6, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 on (March 5, 2013, 22:48 GMT) - "...Between Root and Compton, there is only one choice..." - Root is a fine prospect, but is not the finished product. Compton has not got as much upside as Root, but is at the top of his game & has the better experience & FC record. Between Bairstow & Compton, - Compton has the better Test record in a tougher conditions. Compton POSSIBLY will have a fairly short Test career for England, but he will serve an important job whilst the younger more talented English batsmen mature (or at least until the Hong Kong/Ozzy import Hain deveops - LOL!)

  • talkcric.com on March 6, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Four extended days should still give England enough time to bowl out New Zealand twice without too much resistance. Nice juicy green wickets just what Anderson and Finn love. Broad will want to recover his mantle. The England bats should go for at least 500 and look for the follow on early on the fourth day.

    God bless Hugo Chavez, a great man who was the last of the worlds freedom fighters.

  • on March 6, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Sick of New Zealand Cricket booking tests for Dunedin....it rains there every year. Leave Dunedin for T20s and the odd ODI - tests should be at Basin reserve Napier and Eden park during March because its generally fine everywhere in the country EXCEPT Dunedin every year. This year i only booked holidays for the second and third test as i knew Dunedin would get rain affected. Its our only home test series this summer and NZC guarantee disruption by booking Dunedin.

    I dont care that they can make up some time. I want the chance of a 5 day test.

  • on March 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Quality strategy from NZ to salvage a draw against the world's best

  • on March 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    It hasn't rained for weeks here in Dunedin. The moment a test match comes to town, it rains all day! Oh well, at least the hills will turn green again (they're currently yellow).

  • Mr.Cr1cket on March 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    england are going to humiliate the black caps throughout the series

  • Mr.Cr1cket on March 6, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I rate Joe Root very highly. I think he will play a very important part against Australia in the Ashes. His bowling is very under-rated.

  • on March 6, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    is McCullum regretting leaving Butler out now?

  • sujanm on March 6, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    So Monty is playing, not Swann right ???

  • on March 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    says Swann in the england team, this is wrong. It is Panasar in the team, due to Swann's injury

  • BobCo on March 6, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Actually, everything is green in NZ, so no real surprise the wicket is.

  • on March 5, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    They've said "Swann out" in the article but they've included him in the 11 as named at the end of the article. With Monty in, it will give them a longer tail, but I don't think it will matter too much against the Black Caps.

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Swanny gone for whole series going to the bresnan specialist in us

  • Shan156 on March 5, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    So, Swann is out of the series. We will not only miss his bowling but also his handy lower order batting. With Broad struggling to make an impact with the bat (not much with the ball either), this is a terrible loss. Let's hope Monty carried his Mumbau form along with him to NZ. The wicket may not support spin though. We have lost the toss and have been asked to bat first. Something says that this is going to be tough for England. Let's hope Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, and friends put up a big first innings score.

  • yorkshire-86 on March 5, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Compton gifted another Test? Excuse me, but what has he done that Bairstow hasn't? Between Root and Compton, there is only one choice. Root should be opening, and Bairstow at six or seven. Compton has done nothing to say he is anywhere near good enough to play international cricket, and at nearly 30 will never do.

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    like how both wagner and boult are listed as number 11. Are you making fun of our long tail?

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Brilliantly, Swann is included in the line up at the bottom of a piece about Swann...not playing.

  • real_gone_gadd on March 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    This article has Swann rather than Panesar???

  • on March 5, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Wonder how Monty will bowl now that he's the front line spinner again for this test, not the "luxury" bowler he saw himself as in the last series.

    When was the last time that Monty was the sole spinner in an England test team? Was it the 54 all out in the Windies?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Looks like one green cricket pitch out there.

  • pom_don on March 5, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Lost the toss, bowler friendly conditions & Swanny out, on the plus side things can only get better.....I hope!

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  • pom_don on March 5, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Lost the toss, bowler friendly conditions & Swanny out, on the plus side things can only get better.....I hope!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 5, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Looks like one green cricket pitch out there.

  • on March 5, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Wonder how Monty will bowl now that he's the front line spinner again for this test, not the "luxury" bowler he saw himself as in the last series.

    When was the last time that Monty was the sole spinner in an England test team? Was it the 54 all out in the Windies?

  • real_gone_gadd on March 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    This article has Swann rather than Panesar???

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Brilliantly, Swann is included in the line up at the bottom of a piece about Swann...not playing.

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    like how both wagner and boult are listed as number 11. Are you making fun of our long tail?

  • yorkshire-86 on March 5, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Compton gifted another Test? Excuse me, but what has he done that Bairstow hasn't? Between Root and Compton, there is only one choice. Root should be opening, and Bairstow at six or seven. Compton has done nothing to say he is anywhere near good enough to play international cricket, and at nearly 30 will never do.

  • Shan156 on March 5, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    So, Swann is out of the series. We will not only miss his bowling but also his handy lower order batting. With Broad struggling to make an impact with the bat (not much with the ball either), this is a terrible loss. Let's hope Monty carried his Mumbau form along with him to NZ. The wicket may not support spin though. We have lost the toss and have been asked to bat first. Something says that this is going to be tough for England. Let's hope Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, and friends put up a big first innings score.

  • on March 5, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Swanny gone for whole series going to the bresnan specialist in us

  • on March 5, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    They've said "Swann out" in the article but they've included him in the 11 as named at the end of the article. With Monty in, it will give them a longer tail, but I don't think it will matter too much against the Black Caps.