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Sunday May 26, 2013

England-NZ second Test washed out

LEEDS: Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second and final Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley on Friday.

Heavy overnight and early morning rain meant the square was still fully covered when the captains should have been tossing up at 10.30am (0930GMT).

And after several showers on Friday, the umpires abandoned play for the day shortly before 4pm (1500GMT).

England lead the series 1-0 after a 170-run first Test win, achieved with more than a day to spare, at Lord’s last week. They dismissed New Zealand for just 68 in the tourists’ second innings with Stuart Broad taking seven wickets for 44 runs.

New Zealand had already confirmed their team for this match, having to make two enforced changes.

Batsman Martin Guptill replaced wicket-keeper BJ Watling (knee) and seamer Doug Bracewell came in for spinner Bruce Martin (calf) after the pair both suffered injuries during the first Test. — AFP

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