Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Cricket: Rain continues ahead of Black Caps-Australia clash

Coloured wet-weather gear and umbrellas look to be the uniform tonight as New Zealand's World T20 showdown with Australia heads for a mushy meeting in Dharmsala.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-teens with rain forecast for most of the day and no let-up across the weekend.

That would give New Zealand another valuable point after their dramatic victory against hosts India in their opening game and put them in a favourable position to qualify for the semifinal.

If the weather relents or some play is possible, a match is completed if teams bowl five overs each which Ross Taylor said today could see a move away from a three-man spin attack.

"With rain around it could be a shortened game so that affects the balance of the sides, Taylor said today.

"You might not go in with three spinners when weather's around like that and obviously different powerplay options as well."

Taylor also played down the last two meetings between these two sides at a World Cup, during the one-day tournament in New Zealand and Australia last year.

"These are totally foreign conditions in what we played on at Eden park and the MCG and both teams in the past have had their moments against spin so I think spin again will play a big part tomorrow. Whatever happened 12 months ago has gone.

"It's a new team with players who didn't even play in that game," Taylor said.

New Zealand's next game is against Pakistan, starting at 3.30am on Tuesday.

A bit wet for training today but still a great view to look at!

A photo posted by Adam Milne (@adammilne20) on


- NZ Herald

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