England v New Zealand: Rain wipes out opening day of second Test

Last Updated: 26/05/13 7:20pm

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Rain wiped out the opening day of the second Test between England and New Zealand at a rather soggy Headingley.

Persistent downpours meant there wasn't even the chance to stage the toss, umpires Steve Davis and Marais Erasmus finally making the rather inevitable call to announce play had been abandoned at around 4pm.

The forecast is better for the weekend; full refunds will be offered to all 10,000 ticket holders - as well as the option to take a ticket for next year's Test against Sri Lanka instead.

England currently lead the series 1-0 after their 170-run victory inside four days at Lord's.

New Zealand are certain to make changes to their line-up when the game does finally get underway - spinner Bruce Martin and wicketkeeper BJ Watling have both been ruled out after picking up injuries in the first Test.

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum will take over behind the stumps, with Martin Guptill being drafted in to strengthen a batting line-up that was skittled for just 68 in their second innings last time out.

Seamer Doug Bracewell will replace left-armer Martin, meaning the tourists will go into the contest with a four-pronged pace attack.

England, meanwhile, are expected to name an unchanged XI. Yorkshire batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will both get the chance to play Test cricket for the first time at their home ground.

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