New Zealand vs England first Test Day 1 washed out

Playing hours will be extended on the remaining days to make up for lost time and only 30 overs are likely to be lost if a full days' play is possible on each of the next four days.

updated: March 06, 2013 12:12 IST
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Dunedin: The first day of the opening Test between New Zealand and England was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled on Wednesday, as offspinner Graeme Swann flies to the United States for surgery.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl in heavily overcast conditions before umpires Paul Reiffel of Australia and Asad Rauf of Pakistan ruled that the light was not sufficient to allow play to begin on time.

Heavy rain then began to fall at the University Oval, forcing ground staff to fully cover the pitch and surrounds. The rain continued throughout the day, preventing play in the first two sessions and causing the umpires to abandon the day just 75 minutes before scheduled stumps.

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