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Kingsmead has come under intense scrutiny after eight of nine sessions in South Africas ongoing Test against New Zealand were lost over three days, making the chance of a result, other than a draw, implausible. No play took place on days three and four, despite there being no rain since early on the third morning because soft patches on the recently relaid outfield were deemed unsafe for play.Both days saw a similar sequence of events: inspections at mid-day and 2pm and an abandonment by 2:20pm. The groundstaff were instructed not to use any artificial means of drying the outfield and no one was allowed on the surface at any time on both days. To an observer, it would seem little effort was being made to make conditions suitable for play. On Sunday morning - the third day of the Test - after the ground had taken 65mm of rain, the super-sopper was made to stop operating for fear it would do further damage to the soft patches. The umpires chose to leave the drying process to natural elements. Bright sunshine on Sunday and heavy winds of up to 70kph, albeit under overcast skies on Monday, were considered sufficient to firm up the patches. Conditions improved with each inspection, but not enough for play to take place.Several other methods were also unused. The outfield was not roped or mopped and dryers or blowers were not used because the outfield was soft underfoot, not wet. Even using sawdust any earlier would prevent the natural elements from hardening the patches.The Durban outfield has not historically been a problem but the recent scarifying process, a result of last years complaints by both the South African and New Zealand sides during the limited-overs series, left it under-prepared for this fixture. Work at Kingsmead began mid-June and was completed by the beginning of July, leaving just seven weeks for it to settle, during which Durban was also hit by unseasonal rain.Flash flooding was reported throughout July and rain was also forecast for the second day of the match. Considering these factors, Kingsmead could have made efforts to procure more covers than the ones they currently have which protect the square. Buying enough covers for the entire outfield would cost an estimated R400,000 (US$30,000), an amount franchises struggle to raise, but covers could have been borrowed from clubs in the area.The fall-out from this match means that Kingsmead will continue to struggle to maintain its reputation as one of South Africas premier grounds. Poor crowd attendances saw the Boxing Day Test moved in 2014 and again this year to St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth. Numbers during the ongoing match would not have done boosted that perception. An average of 2500 people were in attendance on days one and two, with numbers dwindling for the rest of the match. Sundayss crowd seemed promising, with some fans even walking through the gates when play was called off. They were allowed to use their tickets for Monday and Tuesday but only a few school children were at the ground in the morning and by the time play was called off, there was not a supporter in sight.The players were also among the lesser spotted at the ground. The ACSU regulations stipulate that once they arrive at the ground they cannot leave until play is called off. For that reason, South Africa did not arrive at the ground on Sunday, but New Zealand turned up later in the day for a net session. Both teams were at the ground on Monday. Like the groundstaff, they were not allowed on the outfield. Faf du Plessis and Russell Domingo wandered over briefly before being instructed off.The match referee Andy Pycroft declined to comment on the state of the ground but will rate the outfield at the end of the match, at which time the ICC may issue a statement. Until then, Durban remains on tenterhooks as it fights for its place among the countrys elite venues. Markelle Fultz Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Cheap Dario Saric Jersey . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. http://www.markellefultzjersey.com/ . 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Rival managers John Aloisi and Kevin Muscat have their teams primed for the A-Leagues season opener on Friday night.Melbourne Victory return to the scene of their finals elimination last year to face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in the hotly-anticipated match.On paper, its a titanic rivalry.The two most successful clubs in A-League history.Either side of Victorys 2014-15 title, it was the Roar who eliminated them from finals.Victory have a history of nabbing talent from Queensland too; Ange Postecoglou, Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses and now James Donachie.But theres less animosity in this fixture than one might expect.Berisha is still respected internally by the Roar, while Muscat and Aloisi share a great friendship.It was at Victory where Aloisi sheltered after his tumultuous spell as Melbourne Heart coach.And its why both sides are confident they know how the other will play.Theyre probably the best counter-attacking team, Aloisi said.Theyll press you hard for the first 15-20 minutes ... well play to the final whistle so were confident we can create opportunities.Muscat was similarly complimentary of his opposite number.Johnnys recruited well - and pretty similarly to ourselves, theyve got a certain philosophy they adhere to, Muscat said.With a reference to Victorys painful finals knock-out of last season - when they led with five minutes to go before shipping two late goals - Muscat suggested there was unfinished bbusiness to attend to.ddddddddddddOur mantra of not taking a backward step, really having a go at teams and trying to dominate, it wont change, he said.If we perform to the same level that we did in our last game there I have no doubt in my mind that we will win.Both sides will miss key players.Dimi Petratos rolled his ankle in a pre-season friendly, while new Spanish winger Manuel Arana is still four weeks away from a Roar debut according to Aloisi.Victory will miss Marco Rojas on international duty with New Zealand.But both coaches hailed the return to fitness of key figures.Roar defender Luke DeVere is a big chance to play his first A-League match since April 2015 - a home loss to Victory - after overcoming thigh and knee injuries, while Victory are delighted with Carl Valeris return after brain-related inflammation issues sidelined him for much of last season.Aloisi summed up the mood well ahead of the season opener.When its a long offseason you just cant wait for the first game, he said.We know its gong to be a good game, entertaining and the boys are ready.Confidently, Muscat agreed.A lots been said by all of us in the buildup, he said.Everyone says its the best pre-season weve ever had, its the fittest weve ever been.All that means nothing ... 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