Pacers licking their lips looking at this surface - McMillan

Intermittent rain meant no play was possible on the opening day of New Zealand's 2016-17 home summer in Christchurch. Covers were on for most parts of the day at the Hagley Oval, which meant even the toss wasn't possible.

With chances of a start looking bleak, umpires S Ravi and Ian Gould called off play at 4pm, shortly after the scheduled tea interval. Play will start 30 minutes early on each of the next four days - at 10.30 am

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan believes that there is still "plenty of time left in the game".

McMillan hoped the recent proliferation of green tops in New Zealand will have equipped his batsmen with the means to cope.

He said the top order had prepared specifically for the Pakistan attack, with special attention given to combating the left-arm angle that Mohammad Amir, and perhaps Rahat Ali, will provide.

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