Rain ruins Dunedin Test

Proteas cannot unseat England as No.1 Test side during this series

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Rain ruins Dunedin Test

The umpires inspect on a frustrating day in Dunedin

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There was no play on the final day in the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin due to heavy rain.

The rain, which started falling around 1900 local time on Saturday, never eased up and ruined a potentially thrilling final day.

The result means the Proteas cannot unseat England as the world's number one Test side during this series.

The outfield was flooded when the umpires abandoned the game at 1400 local time. The covers were awash and, with an absence of wind, there was no prospect of any play of consequence even if the weather had cleared immediately.

The game was left with South Africa needing eight wickets for victory, while the Black Caps had overnight aspirations of chasing down 401 from their position of 137 for two.

A classic was in the making, with two set batsmen at the crease in Brendon McCullum (58 not out) and his captain Ross Taylor (48no).

New Zealand's two most talented batsmen batted with real maturity the previous afternoon in an unbroken stand of 82 to put their side in a promising, if not prevailing, position.

The four-day-old pitch held few demons, especially where seam bowling was concerned, and the slow nature of it meant Imran Tahir's leg-spin was less of a threat than it might have been otherwise.

The second Test begins in Hamilton on Thursday.

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