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Play abandoned once again in Durban

Soft outfield forces umpires to call off play without a ball being bowled for the second consecutive day

Play abandoned once again in Durban - Cricket News
No play was possible due to a damp outfield.
Soft underfoot conditions played spoilsport for the second day in succession as the fourth day of the opening Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead in Durban was called off without a ball being bowled on Monday (August 22).
 
South Africa, who had battled to 263 all out after deciding to bat in the first match of this two-Test series, had reduced New Zealand to 15 for 2 -- courtesy Dale Steyn – on the second day. After that, rain forced players off the field before lunch, and didn’t let up until early Sunday morning.
 
The sun did make its way out but the outfield – which was re-seeded in June and suffered damage during a freak storm in July – was still not fit enough to play on. The ground staff worked tireless to try and get it in shape but Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould, the on-field umpires, called off the day’s play after a couple of inspections, the last of which came at 2pm local time.
 
Forecasts had suggested that the last two days of the Test could see some action because the likelihood of rain was slim, and while that turned out to be true despite being overcast for the most part, the conditions underfoot meant no play was possible. 
 
Following the second inspection, Illingworth and Gould decided that conditions had not improved enough to get the game started. This means that the likelihood of a result has diminished greatly, with just one day left in the contest.

South Africa and New Zealand will move from Durban to the SuperSport Park in Centurion for the second Test, which starts on August 27.

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