Cricket New Zealand's tour match in Sydney abandoned

A deteriorating pitch led to New Zealand's tour match ahead of the first Test against Australia being called off.

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New Zealand's tour match against a Cricket Australia (CA) XI has been abandoned due to an unplayable pitch in Sydney.

The pitch at Blacktown International Sportspark deteriorated, leading to the three-day game being called off after lunch on Friday.

The CA XI had piled on the runs " they reached 503-1 before declaring with opener Aaron Finch unbeaten on 288.

Ryan Carters (209) was the only wicket to fall, but only after the openers broke a 93-year record.

The pair put on the highest opening partnership in first-class cricket on Australian soil, surpassing the 456 by Ernie Mayne and Bill Ponsford in Melbourne in 1923-24.

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee, who has battled illness, was unable to add to the three overs he bowled on Thursday.

With the tourists due to bat, the game was called off due to concerns over the pitch.

"The decision has been agreed between the two teams to abandon the match due to the wicket"s deteriorating surface becoming unfit for first-class cricket," CA head of cricket operations Sean Cary said.

"Preparation of the wicket was compromised by poor weather conditions in Sydney early this week.

"In response, we"re working with New Zealand Cricket to provide alternative preparation for the team ahead of next week"s first Test."

The first Test between Australia and New Zealand starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

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