Flooding puts Kingsmead drainage to the test


A severe storm system belted Durban with heavy rain on Tuesday but the city’s main cricket ground Kingsmead recovered incredibly well.

The storm which caused at least five ships to run aground in the Durban harbour tested the newly upgraded drainage system of the Test ground.

Kingsmead was handed an official warning last season after the Test between the Proteas and New Zealand’s Black Caps was heavily disrupted by a wet outfield despite clear overhead conditions.

The ground had to absorb over 100ml of rain in just a few hours leaving the outfield resembling a lake however by Wednesday morning the outfield had cleared and was in perfect condition.

Kingsmead does not have a history of drainage problems but the outfield for last season’s opening Test was one that had been freshly resurfaced, a process that was delayed by the Comrades marathon which finished in Durban in 2016.

Due to a campaign of spreading out international cricket Kingsmead will host just two internationals this season.

The first will be an ODI against India in February and the final fixture a Test match against Australia in March.