Members Of The New Zealand Team Cannot Access Mount Maunganui Due To Cyclone Gabrielle- Because Cyclone Gabrielle disrupted many of their team members’ travel plans, New Zealand didn’t start their preparations for the first Test against England with a complete roster.
Following significant interruptions caused by sweeping rains and strong winds throughout the North Island, they trained on Monday morning at Bay Oval without Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Will Young, Blair Tickner, and three support staff members.
According to New Zealand Cricket, Tickner and Young travelled by automobile from Napier. Nicholls was scheduled to land in Christchurch (South Island) on Thursday due to the cancellation of his initial trip.
After the birth of his second kid, Blundell is now in Wellington with his family. While waiting for the arrival of his first kid, Henry is now in Christchurch, and it is unclear when he will be able to join the rest of the team.
Mount Maunganui, on the eastern entrance to Tauranga Harbour, has not been as severely impacted by the cyclone. However, terrible weather forced both teams to exercise in the Bay Oval Indoor Grass Training Facility.
Initially scheduled for an evening training session, New Zealand was encouraged to move their plans forward due to predicted worsening winds.
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While a break in the rain is predicted for Wednesday, more delays are anticipated when the day-night Test begins on Thursday.
Numerous short-haul local flights have been cancelled, despite the approval for international long-haul planes to arrive in Auckland on Monday.
All domestic flights operated by Air New Zealand have been cancelled till Tuesday. All regional flights into and out of Taupo, Hamilton, and Tauranga (which serves Mount Maunganui) have also been compensated for the same period.
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The New Zealand team’s head coach, Gary Stead, stated, “we have a number of players that are still arriving here at this time.”
“Therefore, some people’s journey has been slightly impacted by the cyclone affecting the top of the North Island. Although the weather is unpleasant, many individuals at the top of the North Island are in a much worse situation than we are.”
The Powhiri (a Maori welcoming ceremony) scheduled for February 14 has also been postponed due to the weather.
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