South Africa v Australia, 1st T20, Port Elizabeth March 9, 2014

First Twenty20 abandoned due to rain

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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.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • 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.

  • Greatest_Game on March 11, 2014, 4:28 GMT

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

  • 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 ;))

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 10, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I was looking forward for today's game

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Greatest_Game on March 11, 2014, 4:28 GMT

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

  • 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 ;))

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on March 10, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I was looking forward for today's game

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • nothingnew on March 10, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Don't worry No one can play T20 games before T20 World Cup . Just finish the summer . Now everyday raining should have reserve the day .

  • dunger.bob on March 9, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    A bit of practice before the Bangladeshi event would be nice for both teams. Oh well, as Meatloaf says, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 9, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    @GermanPlayer: We already have enough cheerleaders for test cricket.

  • DragonCricketer on March 9, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    A lucky escape for South Africa :-)

  • Rahul_78 on March 9, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    This is ridiculous. How much money was lost in tickets revenue, advertising and Tv rights? In todays day and age when there are millions at stake how wise is it to be at the mercy of the weather? Top countries where cricket is played day in day out should seriously look at going for roofs over their stadiums. Put it on when the weather is unkind and then just take it off. It will be one time huge investment but definitely worth it. Everybody will love it when high profile games will start on time and wont be at the mercy of messers Duckworth and Lewis.

  • line.and.length on March 9, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    How about that, another drawn game for the saffas...they are well on the way to "not losing another series"

  • Greatest_Game on March 9, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx believes that it is "Surpprising (sic) that whether (sic) in SA is so unreliable."

    This is indeed a problem, but SA is still a third world country, and we just can't afford anything like the 'Stralia's Own Reliable Weather Equipment" system. Besides, the BCCI would refuse to use it anyway.

    There are rumours in Port Elizabeth that a bloke named Davey, identified only as a shortish chap with a Groucho Marx moustache and an odd accent, was out and about searching for a witch doctor. It was thought he was perhaps a chef-in-need as he was looking for someone to "cook up a sprinkle or two" and "add some spice" to an unidentified dish named a 'sloenlo.' Seemingly he was having trouble with the recipe as his was not coming on well enough to be a "real belcher."

    According to one observer he was seen entering the home of a well known local *Sangoma renowned for a wicked sense of humour!

    *A traditional healer, erroneously named a 'witch doctor' by colonial invaders.

  • AussiePhoenix on March 9, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Damn. We would have won that too.

  • NonyNiz on March 9, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Should have a reserve day

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Shame. Nice to have a T20 game on the weekend. Sure there would've been a good turnout. Don't know about how the attendance/atmosphere will be for the other 2 games.

  • GermanPlayer on March 9, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Who cares? It's T20. If i still have the tate of the test series in my mouth, i'd prefer that. T20 just spoils the fun.

  • on March 9, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Should have a reserve day

  • Biggus on March 9, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    No big deal. Would have preferred some odis anyway.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 9, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Surpprising that whether in SA is so unreliable.

  • siddhartha87 on March 9, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    disappointing really.I weather forecast is not good for 2nd t20 as well

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  • siddhartha87 on March 9, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    disappointing really.I weather forecast is not good for 2nd t20 as well

  • xtrafalgarx on March 9, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Surpprising that whether in SA is so unreliable.

  • Biggus on March 9, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    No big deal. Would have preferred some odis anyway.

  • on March 9, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Should have a reserve day

  • GermanPlayer on March 9, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Who cares? It's T20. If i still have the tate of the test series in my mouth, i'd prefer that. T20 just spoils the fun.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Shame. Nice to have a T20 game on the weekend. Sure there would've been a good turnout. Don't know about how the attendance/atmosphere will be for the other 2 games.

  • NonyNiz on March 9, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Should have a reserve day

  • AussiePhoenix on March 9, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Damn. We would have won that too.

  • Greatest_Game on March 9, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx believes that it is "Surpprising (sic) that whether (sic) in SA is so unreliable."

    This is indeed a problem, but SA is still a third world country, and we just can't afford anything like the 'Stralia's Own Reliable Weather Equipment" system. Besides, the BCCI would refuse to use it anyway.

    There are rumours in Port Elizabeth that a bloke named Davey, identified only as a shortish chap with a Groucho Marx moustache and an odd accent, was out and about searching for a witch doctor. It was thought he was perhaps a chef-in-need as he was looking for someone to "cook up a sprinkle or two" and "add some spice" to an unidentified dish named a 'sloenlo.' Seemingly he was having trouble with the recipe as his was not coming on well enough to be a "real belcher."

    According to one observer he was seen entering the home of a well known local *Sangoma renowned for a wicked sense of humour!

    *A traditional healer, erroneously named a 'witch doctor' by colonial invaders.

  • line.and.length on March 9, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    How about that, another drawn game for the saffas...they are well on the way to "not losing another series"