Full day of cricket washed out in Gabba Test for first time in 29 yrs
The day two of the ongoing Australia vs. South Africa Test series was held up for over 90 minutes after a heavy Brisbane downpour washed away the Gabba field.
The Proteas, in command at 2-255 following a superb opening day's batting performance, saw the writing on the wall early be retreating to their team hotel early in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Australian players signed autographs and also helped serve in merchandise stands as they hoped the weather cleared, The Age reports.
According to the paper, this is the first time in 29 years that no play been possible on a day of a Gabba Test. It was last in 1983, when Pakistan toured Down Under and the final day was washed out to force a draw,
South Africa will now resume their innings on Sunday morning with both Hashim Amla (90 not out) and Jacques Kallis (84 not out) eying centuries, the paper said.
The tourists' day-one dominance was also tarnished by the loss of middle-order batsman JP Duminy for the three-Test series after he ruptured his achilles tendon in a post-stumps training mishap. But has now undergone a successful surgery.