Brisbane: New Zealand's hope for much-needed match practice in the buildup to a three-Test series against Australia was dashed on Wednesday when rain-washed out the second day of its tour opener in Brisbane.
The Kiwis had made 297 for eight, with captain Steve Fleming unbeaten on 133, against the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) on Tuesday. The first Test against Australia at the Gabba starts November 8 and there will be a further three lead-up matches but the Kiwis want as much time as possible in the middle. The Kiwis arrived well ahead of schedule last Saturday after their tour to Pakistan was cancelled because of the terrorist strikes in the United States. "There's no question we want all the time out there we can to get some confidence and form before the first Test," coach Jeff Crowe said. "It's hard to go back indoors because we've been there quite a lot recently. It's advantage to our players and we definitely need to spend more time outdoors."