Second ODI between New Zealand, Australia abandoned due to unsafe field

Detailed view of a cricket ball in a puddle as play is abandoned due to rain during the Natwest T20 Blast match between Worcestershire Rapids and Nottinghamshire Outlaws at New Road on June 27, 2014
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The second one-day international between New Zealand and Australia is abandoned due to a sodden surface in Napier.

The second one-day international between New Zealand and Australia was called off without a ball being bowled due to a soaked-through field in Napier.

Rain showers had eased before the game was due to get underway, but the sodden surface was a concern for the umpires.

Fans inside McLean Park were made to wait for hours as five inspections were made before umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Brown called the game off due to concerns over safety.

The frustration spilled into the dressing rooms and now New Zealand Cricket has launched an independent investigation into the ground's drainage problems, according to AAP.

New Zealand lead the three-match series following their six-run victory in Auckland on Monday.

The final ODI will be played in Hamilton on Sunday.

Australia captain Michael Clarke leaves the field after being dismissed by Stuart Broad of England during day one of the First Ashes Test match on November 21, 2013
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