S Africa vs Australia
That's all, folks
Ladies and gentleman, the game has officially been abandoned without a ball being bowled or pad strapped on. The players will pack their kit-bags and head for the airport, with the next game in Durban on Wednesday now their immediate focus. It's a pity that these two sides couldn't flex their muscles here with the World T20 in Bangladesh rapidly approaching, but that's cricket, eh? We hope you'll join us for our coverage of the second T20I at Kingsmead on Wednesday, where we hope the series will be able to officially get underway. You'll be able to follow the action right here from 6pm SA time (4pm GMT). Until then, take care and goodbye for now!
The covers are off once more, and the roller is on as the two coaches and some of the players walk out to the middle to have a look. Still plenty of dark clouds patrolling the skies, I'm afraid...and they've come to the party now, I'm sad to say. Drizzle descends, and the groundstaff have no choice but to drag the covers on once more. Stop-start here in Port Elizabeth, testing the patience of any ardent supporter of the game.
Er...it's started to rain once again. Back come the covers, and people all over the cricketing world become a little balder as they tear their hair out in frustration. Our stats chums inform us that five of the last six T20Is between South Africa and Australia have been won by the team batting second; at this stage I think most fans would be grateful if we got a team batting first today, let alone second.
News from a soggy outfield
The covers are coming off again, and the umpires will inspect the ground in half-an-hours' time (that's 3pm SA time, folks). If any of you out there are planning a rain dance around that time...don't! On the plus side for local business, a rain-delayed start at an international match means good profit for the sawdust industry as their product will be heavily used around the bowlers' run-up areas...so it's not all bad.
Yes, no, wait...
Meanwhile, the rain has stopped and started and stopped again down in Port Elizabeth - frustrating. One thing is for sure though, folks - play definitely will not be getting underway at the scheduled time of 2:30 SA time (12:30 GMT). Hang in there, and we'll update you as soon as we get word from the match officials.
In the Australian camp...
For the Aussies, veterans Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg are back in the side, their massive experience contrasting the likes of newcomer Scott Muirhead - the leg-spinner made an impact in the recently concluded home T20 series against the English, There are also some devastating hitters on their batting card, with an order consisting of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Hodge, Glenn Maxwell and/or Cameron White capable of serious damage. Captain George Bailey's form in limited-overs has been brutal as well, and the Proteas bowlers will certainly have their work cut out for them with ball in hand.
South Africa team news
In team news, Dale Steyn will sit out the first two games in this T20 series with a view to returning to the side in Centurion before the Proteas jet out to Bangladesh. Cobras left-armer Beuran Hendricks has earned his call-up to the national side after a fantastic domestic season, and fans will also cheer the return of Albie Morkel after two years out of the green pyjamas. A brutal finisher with the bat and a useful seamer, he could well provide the impetus South Africa need to mount a serious challenge for the WorldT20 at the end of this month.
Well now, the rain has stopped in Port Elizabeth, and the ground-staff are out in the middle inspecting the field. Looks like they're going to be taking the covers off - let's hope that St. George's drainage system comes to the party now. We'll keep you posted! For now, send us your thoughts/predictions on this three-match T20 series or the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh - firstname.lastname@example.org is the address to use. Don't be shy!
Former Proteas' pacer Shaun Pollock on Twitter: "..we will be lucky to get play at all!!" Whilst that doesn't sound too promising, there are still 4 hours until the official cut-off time. Hold thumbs that we will be able to at least get some action in at St. George's - perhaps a Super Over each? Actually, scratch that thought.
There is some bad news from the Eastern Cape, I'm afraid - 80% rain has been forecast for today, and the reality is that it is 100% raining right now.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first T20I between South Africa and Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.
- 9th Mar 2014
- Teams will be announced at the toss
- St George's Park
- J D Cloete, A T Holdstock
- TV Umpire
- S George
- Match Referee
- B C Broad
- Reserve Umpire
- K H Hurter