A view of the St George's Park in Port Elizabeth as rains forced the first T20I between South Africa and Australia to be washed out © AFP
A view of the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth as rains forced the first T20I between South Africa and Australia to be washed out © AFP

 

Port Elizabeth: Mar 9, 2014

 

The first Twenty20 International between South Africa and Australia at St George’s Park was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain on Sunday.

 

Rain fell steadily for most of the day, although at one stage the covers were removed and the pitch was rolled while match officials and some team members looked on. But a heavy shower ended any chance of play.

 

The three-match series provides both teams with an opportunity to prepare for the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh later this month.

 

The second T20I is scheduled for Durban on Wednesday and the final match is in Centurion on Friday.