Day one a washout in Dunedin

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Day one of the first Test – in the three-match series – between New Zealand and England at the University Oval in Dunedin was washed out without a ball bowled on Tuesday.

Day one of the first Test – in the three-match series – between New Zealand and England at the University Oval in Dunedin was washed out without a ball bowled on Tuesday.

Bad light initially prevented play from getting underway at the scheduled start time – 10:00 local time (23:00 GMT).

More than four hours later the inclement weather relented, but despite the groundstaff's finest efforts to remove the excess water from the playing arena, umpires Paul Reiffel and Asad Rauf deemed the conditions unsatisfactory – and eventually called stumps.

Earlier the showers remained at bay long enough for the toss to take place under gloomy skies – home skipper Brendon McCullum triumphed in the flip of the coin and opted to field first.

The hosts named debutant spinner Bruce Martin in their XI, while the tourists picked batsman Joe Root ahead of the right-handed Jonny Bairstow. Fast bowler Stuart Broad, too, returned to the team.

England spinner Graeme Swann, meanwhile, has been ruled out of the entire series with an elbow injury. Swann, who will travel to the United States of America for surgery, will be replaced by fellow slow bowler James Tredwell.

<b>New Zealand:</b> Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

<b>England:</b> Alistair Cook, Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

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