Washout On Day One At Blustery Headingley


England v New Zealand
Second Test, Headingley, day one

No play was possible on what should have been the opening day of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Headingley.

Strong winds and frequent showers battered the ground for much of the day and play was called off shortly before 4pm local time.

The forecast for the rest of the match is promising, especially for the weekend when sunshine and much warmer temperatures are promised. Play will still start at 11am tomorrow, but a theoretical 98 as opposed to 90 overs will be bowled with play allowed to continue for a extra half hour in the evening.

Heading into the match, New Zealand had already been forced to make two changes to the side that was humbled in the second innings at Lord’s.

Wicket-keeper BJ Watling and left-arm spinner Bruce Martin both picked up injuries during that match and are replaced with Martin Guptill and Doug Bracewell.

Brendon McCullum will take over wicket-keeping duties from Watling and move down a place to number seven, with Bracewell making up an all-seam attack after the tourists decided against summoning Jeetan Patel from Warwickshire and Daniel Vettori was declared unfit for five-day cricket.

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