An overview of the McLean Park in Napier on Thursday    Getty Images
An overview of the McLean Park in Napier on Thursday Getty Images

The abandonment of the second One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Australia on Thursday did not go down too well with the cricketers or with the fans. New Zealand remained ahead of Australia in the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2016-17 by 1-0, having won the first ODI by a narrow margin of 6 runs. Australia were required to win the second ODI in order to keep the series alive, but with the abandonment of the second game at the McLean Park in Napier, they will return home without at least winning the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which they had comfortably won 3-0 in their backyard late last year. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Napier

The game on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled, and interestingly, it did not rain at all during the match hours. It had rained hard enough for the McLean Park in Napier and the ground could not soak up, which did not allow the match to get underway. The umpires decided to start the game twice, but there were damp spots inside the 30-yard-circle which posed threats to the safety of the players. Since it also remained overcast, the ground did not dry up quickly as it was expected. The match was supposed to start at around 1.00 pm was finally abandoned after several inspections from umpires which lasted till close to 7 pm in the evening. New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI at Napier abandoned due to poor conditions

The fans kept waiting inside the stadium for a very long time, and they were not even provided with the relevant information for long periods, according to reports. There were many who took out their anger on social media, as well as had something funny to say:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson minced no words in his criticism. He said post the official declaration of abandonment, “We were given a start time which was a bit on the keen side because there was still casual water around the outfield. As we warmed up you’d throw balls and water would spray. As we did so, more water came to the surface so it actually got worse rather than better which was unexpected.”

“The ground was unfit for play. It wasn’t even close, to be fair. One of those aspects is player safety but you also need to be able to play a game of cricket, whether it be diving around or digging your knee into the ground, whether it be slipping over, or the ball landing and plugging,” Hesson said.