Abandonment of second ODI in Napier was frustrating but inevitable - Aaron Finch
Australia stand-in captain Aaron Finch expressed his frustration after wet outfield and rain led to the abandonment of the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Napier.
Having already lost the first game in Auckland by six runs, Australia were left with an uphill task of needing to win both the games to claim the series but the result at McLean Park meant, the visitors can only level the series from here, provided they win on Sunday.
The day started with a lot of rain which postponed the start of the game from the scheduled start of 2pm local time.
Even though, there was some respite with rain halting few hours later, the condition of the outfield led to the abandonment of the game by 6:45pm local time.
Finch, who took over the captaincy from Matthew Wade after the latter was ruled out of the tour with an injury could not hide his disappointment on the poor drainage system in place at McLean Park.
"It was quite a frustrating day," Finch said.
"I thought when we turned up, it was obviously a bit soggy and a bit wet, but I thought we'd get a game in at some point. "But obviously the conditions didn't improve a hell of a lot.
"There was a good handful (of particularly wet patches) but they were in really key spots – backward point, cover, square leg – those spots that are hot spots in the field
"Particularly in around the ring it was quite soggy and slippery.
"In Australia, all our AFL venues are very big draining grounds, they drain very quickly.
"I haven't seen it that slow (to drain) before, but like I said it was just a few key spots that were really wet.
"It was a bit frustrating to be fair – when you're standing around trying to get back into a series, trying to level it at one-all, it was a bit frustrating."
The Victorian also added that even though the players were desperate to get on the field with a determination to level the series, the conditions were very tough to allow any play possible leading to the inevitable. This was also the third washout of an ODI at the venue in the last four years.
"Along with management, once we started warming up and realised around 4pm that it was a bit unsafe, we threw it over to the umpires from there," Finch continued.
"To be fair, (conditions) just didn't improve. I don't think the super sopper did a hell of a lot to be honest.
"When you're fielding in particular there's so much sideways movement, so much lateral stuff that when you're unsure of your footing and the ground's constantly moving underneath you – it's very easy for your feet to slip out from underneath you.
"And we don't have footy boots on for a start – they're pretty small spikes (on cricket shoes). That's a safety concern in itself, guys trying to move laterally with a moving ground.
"It's never going to be an ideal surface to play on, and with standing water there – if someone's diving they're just going to dig into the outfield."
Despite, the result not going in their favour, Finch said Australia have their task cut out when they head to Hamilton for the final game of the series with a motive to level the series.
"It was a good opportunity to come here today and try and level the series then go to Hamilton and try to win the series," Finch added.
"But now it's still the same goal – we had to win two from two, now we just have to win one from one and try to tie the series up.
"We put ourselves in that situation by batting poorly in the first game and letting them off the hook with the ball at times as well. "If we get our basics right, we can do that (level the series)."
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