Cricket World Cup 2015

Rain threatens thriller

2015-02-27 07:26
Michael Clarke (AFP)

Auckland - Heavy rain drenched Auckland on Friday, dampening Australia's mood just 24 hours before their crucial World Cup showdown against New Zealand and a week after torrential downpours wiped out their clash with Bangladesh in Brisbane.

Showers hit Eden Park as soon as the Australians arrived for practice, but skipper Michael Clarke said he was hopeful the game would go ahead uninterrupted on Saturday.

The forecast for match-day is fine with morning cloud and the odd afternoon shower.

"Don't look out of the window," said Clarke, when asked for his plans on his return to the team after missing the opening win over England on February 14 due to his long-standing hamstring problem.

"There is rain but the forecast is very good for tomorrow, so hopefully the rain stays away as this is a big game for both the teams as well as the fans," said Clarke.

Australia's second Pool A match against Bangladesh last weekend was abandoned without a ball being bowled and with both sides earning a point apiece.

Australia are third in the group with three points, three behind leaders New Zealand.

Saturday's match is a sell out with 40,000 fans expected to turn out for a game which will have a major bearing on who will top the group.

The top four from each of the two pools of seven teams will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Read more on:    cwc 2015  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.