New Zealand's tour match against the Cricket Australia XI was abandoned
on Friday on concerns over the state of the pitch in Sydney.
Stumps were drawn by the umpires during the
lunch interval on day two of the three-day game at Blacktown after the CA XI
declared their first innings at 503 for one.
The Black Caps had been due to bat in reply
in their final warm-up ahead of the first Test against Australia, starting in
Brisbane on November 5.
The surprise abandonment seriously disrupts
New Zealand's preparations for the Test series opener as they were looking to
gain valuable batting practice with a near full-strength line-up.
The Black Caps did not bowl any of their
pace bowlers in the opening session on day two.
The CA XI declared their first innings
closed shortly before the scheduled lunch interval after Aaron Finch, 288 not
out, and Ryan Carters (209) set a record for an opening partnership for a
first-class match in Australia.
The stand surpassed the previous record of
456 set in the 1923-24 season by Victoria's Bill Ponsford and Edgar Mayne
against Queensland at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
CA are yet to officially comment on the
abandonment amid reports the wicket had become "dangerous".
The match was originally scheduled as a
four-day fixture before it was reduced to three days earlier this week so New
Zealand could travel to Brisbane for the first Test earlier than originally