25 May 2013

No play possible on first day of second test

6:14 am on 25 May 2013

Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the opening day of the second and final cricket test between England and New Zealand at Headingley due to persistent rain.

The downpours left the outfield saturated on a chilly day.

A better forecast is in prospect for the next couple of days, with sunny spells and warmer temperatures.

England won the first test by 170 runs at Lord's.

The New Zealand cricket captain Brendan McCullum will start behind the stumps in a test for the first time in three years when play gets underway.

BJ Watling has failed to recover from a knee injury meaning McCullum will take over the wicket-keeping gloves.