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First day of Headingley Test abandoned due to rain

Second of two Test matches between England and New Zealand begins on a gloomy note in Leeds

First day of Headingley Test abandoned due to rain  - Cricket News
The covers remain on as rain delays the start of play.
Persistent rain forced umpires to abandon the first day’s play of the second and final Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley, on Friday (24 May).

Heavy overnight and early morning rain meant the square was still fully covered when the captains should have gone out for the toss at 1030. And, after subsequent showers, the umpires abandoned play for the day shortly before 1600.

England leads the series 1-0 after a 170-run first Test win, achieved with more than a day to spare, at Lord’s last week. Alastair Cook’s side dismissed New Zealand for just 68 in the second innings with Stuart Broad taking seven wickets for 44 runs.  

New Zealand had already confirmed its team for second Test match, after it was forced to make two changes. Martin Guptill replaced BJ Watling, who has a knee injury, and Doug Bracewell came in for Bruce Martin, who injured his calf in the first Test.  

Brendon McCullum, who kept wickets at Lord’s after Watling’s injury, will continue to keep wickets, despite having given up keeping in Tests in 2010 because of back and knee problems. For England, the only outstanding selection decision appeared to be whether to bring in Tim Bresnan, who missed out at Lord’s, for Steven Finn.

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