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Torrential rain washes out Day two of Brisbane Test between Australia and South Africa

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If it was fading light that forced a premature end to the series opening day's play, then persistent rain bucketed down to wash out the second day of Brisbane Test without a ball being bowled. The thundershowers that opened up overnight simply refused to relent, leaving the match officials with no option but to call off the day's play following an inspection at 4pm. Incidentally, this was the first time, an entire day of Test cricket was abandoned at the Gabba since 1983. The weather forecast for Sunday doesn't seem bright either with 30% possibility of rain.

Earlier yesterday, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis(partnership aggregate of 3607 at an average in excess of 65) batted with typical technical proficiency and self-assuredness to pilot South Africa to 255-2. Watching the record-breaking duo compile runs was to be taken back in time to the serene era of 1950's. Meanwhile, Australia were left to rue their horrendous bloopers in the field and rather mediocre bowling which hardly perturbed South Africa's most prolific pair in Test cricket history, who surpassed the record that stood between between Kallis and Gary Kirsten (now the head coach of the South African line-up).

The Protean dressing room was not particularly a happy one despite the Amla-Kallis show. In a freak mishap, middle order batsman and occasional spinner, JP Duminy ruptured his heel during post play warmdown on Friday. Duminy was expected to supplement the star studded four pronged pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel. Unfortunately, Duminy will take no further part in South Africa's tour of Australia. In the 28 year old's absence, Faf du Plessis will assume fielding duties.

The World Number 1 side would leave no stone unturned to build on the strong foundation and bat the Aussies out of the contest. With the clock fast ticking, the Aussie quicks will have to rediscover their incisiveness and robust rhythm with the second new ball to bounce back into the game, weather permitting. Anymore interruptions could potentially jeopardize the chances of a result.

Play has been rescheduled to kick-off 30 minutes early on each of the remaining days to compensate for the massive loss of time.

Teams:

Australia: E Cowan, D Warner, R Quiney, R Ponting, M Clarke(c), M Hussey, M Wade(wk), N Lyon, P Siddle, B Hilfenhaus, J Pattinson

South Africa: G Smith(c), A Petersen, H Amla, J Kallis, AB de Villiers(wk), J Rudolph, JP Duminy, D Steyn, R Kleinveldt, V Philander, M Morkel

Mini-Scorecard:

South Africa: 255-2( 82 overs, 3.1 rpo)

H Amla 90*(207) J Pattinson 1-53

J Kallis 84*(135) N Lyon 1-61