22 Mar 2012

Basin Reserve test will define Black Caps' summer

1:13 pm on 22 March 2012

It looks like more indoor practice for the New Zealand and South African cricketers on the eve of the deciding test in Wellington.

The covers have been on the Basin Reserve pitch since Sunday, with more rain Thursday morning.

No one's giving the New Zealand cricketers much hope of squaring the series, but the former skipper Daniel Vettori's taking heart from the situation they were in before beating Australia in December - backs to the wall after losing the first test by nine wickets.

The forecast for Friday - mostly cloudy with the odd shower.