Soggy outfield sees day four down the drain

New Zealand

Day four of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand came and went without a ball bowled, once again, as underfoot conditions dictated that there would be no play at Kingsmead.

For a third straight day, not a drop of rain fell, but the soggy outfield, due to poor drainage at the ground, meant that no play was possible, leaving the Kiwis on 15 for two, trailing the Proteas by 248 runs.

This was the case at stumps on day one, meaning the Test will certainly be a draw as only one day remains. But even that is in doubt, as more rain is set to fall, undoing all the recovery the ground has done in three days.

The umpires inspected the ground at 12pm and 2pm, but decided that the patches that had been problematic on day three were still too soft to play on. Added to that, there was little by way of grass on the patches.

This is the second Test in the past few days to be ruined by poor drainage, as the fourth Test between the West Indies and India at Port of Spain is also set to be a draw, leaving Pakistan at the top of the ICC rankings for the first time ever.

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