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New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Live scores and updates: Rain delays start of match

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  • February 2nd, 2017
  • 9:49:32 IST

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Napier: Rain and a damp outfield delayed the start of the second one-day international between New Zealand and Australia in Napier on Thursday.

The umpires at one stage called for a start nearly three hours after the scheduled toss and reduced the match to 37-overs-a-side.

New Zealand players celebrate after winning the first ODI of the series against Australia in Auckland. AFP

New Zealand players celebrate after winning the first OD of the series against Australia in Auckland. AFP

But this was later cancelled when a further inspection showed the outfield had not dried sufficiently.

New Zealand won the series opener by six runs in Auckland on Monday and a follow-up victory would see them regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy they lost in a 3-0 whitewash in Australia in early December.

Cricket Australia says wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's back injury which ruled him out of the opening match in the Chappell-Hadlee one-day international series will prevent him from playing in the remaining two games.

Wade, who was appointed captain for the series in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, injured his back during preparations for the opening match in Auckland and has failed to recover in time for Thursday's second match in Napier.

He was to return to Australia on Wednesday.

Aaron Finch, who stood in for Wade as captain on Monday, will take charge of the two remaining matches in the series, including in Hamilton on Sunday.

No replacement player will be drafted into the squad, meaning Peter Handscomb will keep wickets for the remainder of the series.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill will also miss the second one-day international against Australia because of a hamstring twinge, team officials said Tuesday.

Guptill was one of the best Black Caps performers in the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy on Monday in Auckland, scoring 61 as New Zealand posted a six-run win.

Coach Mike Hesson said Guptill had suffered a minor hamstring strain while fielding and would sit out the next match in Napier as a precaution.

"After being monitored over the last 24 hours it's become apparent he won't quite be ready for Napier," Hesson said.

"He'll remain with the team and we'll continue to monitor him ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton."

Northern Districts batsman Dean Brownlie, who last played for New Zealand in December 2014, has been called in as a replacement.

(With inputs from agencies)

Updated Date: February 02, 2017 09:49:32 IST

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