Incessant rain washes out second day’s play between New Zealand and Bangladesh too


Rain continued to play havoc with the Wellington Test with two full days now washed out. The call-off came at 4.30 pm, after umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Paul Reiffel conducted three inspections.

It probably didn’t help that there was no wind all day – which is ironic since this is the windy city – ensuring dark clouds kept hovering over the Basin Reserve.

Unlike the first day however, both Bangladesh and New Zealand players turned up at the ground at around 4 pm and there was likelihood of play for at least an hour in the evening session. But just after the groundstaff had completed most of their work, another spell of rain came by and ruined everything. There is more forecast on the third day too.

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said it was a frustrating time for his team but probably best that neither side had to bat for such a short period in the third session.

New Zealand’s batting coach Craig McMillan said: “Three days is a long time. Three days is a long time. Conditions are challenging for the batsmen. All three results are possible in this game. We have to be switched on tomorrow and ready to go.”

The last time there was no play over the first two days of a Test in New Zealand was in 2001 – the Hamilton game between these same two teams.

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