Rain plays spoilsport on day one of New Zealand-South Africa first Test at Dunedin

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By CricketCountry Staff

Dunedin: Mar 7, 2012

Persistent rains washed away first session’s play on the opening day of the first Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at Dunedin on Wednesday.

It was raining steadily at the University Oval where the toss was due 30 minutes prior to the start. The pitch was covered and its the ground’s outfield was saturated after continuous rains.

For the host side, opening batsman Rob Nicol and South African-born wicketkeeper Kruger van Vyk, who will replace the injured BJ Watling, are expected to make Test debuts.

South Africa have won the Twenty20 series on this tour, beating New Zealand 2-1 and ODI series by 3-0.

A clean sweep in the Test series for South Africa will make them topple England from the top spot in ICC Test rankings.