Hopes of play faint amid stiff rain

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 14:39 [IST]
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Hopes of play faint amid stiff rain

Stiff rain on the morning of the first Test between South Africa and India has delayed the commencement of play at Centurion Park. With weather forecasts not looking very promising, the ground staff at the stadium fear that not a single ball will be bowled throughout the day.

The Gauteng region of South Africa where Centurion is located, has been swamped by incessant rain since the weekend and there has been little let-up, meaning there is no prospect of a toss in the immediate future.Centurion has had a sorry history of rain washing out play in previous years. Downpours on Wednesday depriving both teams of proper outdoor practice sessions. The covers remained over the ground for most of the day and night of the eve of the match.

Meanwhile, India have held out on taking a call over Zaheer Khan's possible exclusion from the Indian playing XI due to his hamstring injury. But perhaps the delayed start will give him extra time to recover from his soreness. Meanwhile, there has been no further word on Sreesanth's possible injury whcih he is suspected to have picked up during a warm-up soccer game on Monday. He was seen hobbling off the field after the incident, but took part in some of the fitness and training sessions on Tuesday.


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