South Africa v Australia, 1st T20, Port Elizabeth

First Twenty20 abandoned due to rain

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

March 9, 2014

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Persistent rain forced the abandonment of the Port Elizabeth T20, South Africa v Australia, 1st T20, Port Elizabeth, March 9, 2014
The rain meant no play was possible in Port Elizabeth © AFP
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South Africa and Australia will have to settle for a two-match Twenty20 series after the first game in Port Elizabeth was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Persistent rain in Port Elizabeth meant that no play was possible in the first T20, and the teams will now head to Durban for Wednesday's second match, followed by the third game in Centurion.

The rain was mostly unrelenting in Port Elizabeth and although there were brief periods when the covers appeared set to come off, there was always another shower on the way.

With the World T20 in Bangladesh to follow straight after this series, these matches are the only chance for both sides to find their best T20 form and settle on their preferred line-ups.

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Posted by Stormf on (March 11, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

Has there ever been a T20 series drawn because not one game was played due to the weather? The likelihood grows here in South Africa as the rain keeps falling in Durban and Gauteng.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 11, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

@ Jagger. I must protest. Best by several country miles at least...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 11, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

@ Biggus, Jagger, Meety, GermanPlayer, Dunger.Bob, TommyTucker and other friends and members of the Official Order of the Test Cricket Cheer Leaders Club.

Anything, and I mean anything, that makes that major irritant disappear gets my vote. It is like the whine of a mosquito - doesn't mean much, an itchy bump or two, but goddamnit it is irritating!! And just like the seasons, as soon as things start warming up, that irritating high pitched whining starts, and you know …its baaaaaack. Aaaaarrrrggghhhh!

After such a fantastic test series (2 tests short tho) T20's are like chocolate covered mints after a fantastic meal. They're nice to nibble on while one digests, but that is about it. However, when they are accompanied by mosquitos, they're just not worth the trouble. Shelve them it it stops that whining ;))

Posted by DeathStroke on (March 10, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

@Warren, at max I yearned for a 4 match test series or maybe even a 5. This is the most heated and bitter rivalry in the game now and deserves more than 3 tests. The Poms usually play 4 matches in a series against the Saffas, so I see no reason as to why we shouldnt as well. It beats watching that hit and giggle t20 festa.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

All we want is a 5 match test between SA and Australia... Is this too much to ask? Where are the 50 over games? Stuff the T20... I'd rather watch the rugby.

Posted by Biggus on (March 10, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

@Jagger:- I think he's just desperate to be noticed. We should just ignore him. That should really infuriate him.

Posted by Jagger on (March 10, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster - We already have enough cheerleaders for India during an Australia vs South Africa series too, so who are you to speak to him like that? Did Putin die and you took over? BTW GP's preferred version of the game has a known history dating back to the 16th century and been played internationally for 170 years and it is still the best by a country mile so he can say whatever he wants about it.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

I was looking forward for today's game

Posted by PFEL on (March 10, 2014, 2:05 GMT)

Why would they need a reserve day? There's another couple of these matches coming literally 2 days later.

Posted by Meety on (March 10, 2014, 1:19 GMT)

@ Biggus on (March 9, 2014, 14:34 GMT) - my thoughts exactly! My only concern about 20/20 internationals is - that there is no injuries to Test players!

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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