Cape Town - A
severe storm system belted Durban with heavy rain on Tuesday, but the
city's main cricket ground Kingsmead recovered incredibly well.
WATCH: Kingsmead an ocean after storm lashes Kingsmead!
The storm which caused at least five ships to run aground in the
Durban harbour tested the newly upgraded drainage system of the Test
Kingsmead was handed an official warning last season after the Test
between the Proteas and New Zealand's Black Caps was heavily disrupted
by a wet outfield despite clear overhead conditions.
The ground had to absorb over 100ml of rain in just a few hours
leaving the outfield resembling a lake however by Wednesday morning the
outfield had cleared and was in perfect condition.
Kingsmead does not have a history of drainage problems but the
outfield for last season's opening Test was one that had been freshly
resurfaced, a process that was delayed by the Comrades marathon which
finished in Durban in 2016.
Due to a campaign of spreading out international cricket Kingsmead will host just two internationals this season.
The first will be an ODI against India in February and the final fixture a Test match against Australia in March.