The opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled.Persistent rain in the Christchurch area meant the umpires called play off around 4pm local time.Consequently, play will begin half an hour earlier on each of the remaining four days of the Test match (9.30pm GMT).The covers remained on the pitch for almost the entire day meaning the toss will take place before the start of play on day two.The weather forecast is set to improve over the weekend and the umpires are confident they will be able to make up much of the time lost on day one.The loss of play adds to the frustration of Misbah-ul-Haqs squad who have yet to take to the middle on the tour after their only warm-up match was also washed out.Pakistan can return to the top of the ICC Test rankings with a series win in New Zealand and if results go their way by England doing them a favour in India.After Christchurch the teams go to Hamilton for the Second Test next Friday.Watch day two of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka live on Sky Sports 3 from 9.30pm on Thursday.Also See:ScorecardCommentaryLive cricket on SkyGet Sky SportsQuincy Williams II Jaguars Jersey . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. Josh Allen Youth Jersey . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? Why was this overturned? James Veaudry Pembroke, ON -- Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. http://www.officialjacksonvillejaguarspro.com/Nick-foles-jaguars-jersey/ . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. Taven Bryan Womens Jersey . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Chris Conley Youth Jersey . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer.Wallabies defensive coach Nathan Grey insists there is an easy fix to the tackling frailties that allowed the All Blacks to score six tries in their 42-8 Bledisloe romp on Saturday night.Michael Cheikas side slumped to their fifth straight defeat at the weekend, the All Blacks cruising to their biggest victory on Australian soil thanks largely to a blistering first half that saw the world champions cross the line four times.The Wallabies have just five days to remedy their defence before the return clash in Wellington, and Grey said the squad would be spending plenty of time at training addressing both their tackling technique and wider defensive system.I think defensively, very disappointing, the Kiwis stressed us out in terms of down our edges and their offload game really hurt us, Grey said.So I think being very efficient in our tackle is something that were going to have to focus on a lot to ensure that we can stop their go-forward and then hence their offloads.In terms of our system execution, we were poor there as well. So weve got to make sure that everyone has a clear understanding of what their roles are and the execution within those roles.While a clearly disgusted Cheika hit out at the Wallabbies defence post-match, the coach also shouldered some of the blame for how hed prepared the squad mentally.ddddddddddddGrey was adamant the defensive attitude could be fixed quite easily, saying it was all about desire - something Australia appeared to lack considerably at ANZ Stadium.A lot of defence is mental application, and that real will and desire to want to get in there and be effective, he said.So in terms of training, were going to be really focusing on that and having a real clear picture on how we want to defend.The lineout remains the other chief area of concern for the Wallabies ahead of this weeks second Test after the All Blacks stole four balls on Australias throw in Sydney.Quizzed about the lineout deficiencies, Wallabies lock Rob Simmons played down the limitations a Michael Hooper-David Pocock back-row combination has on the key set-piece.No, I dont think so, Simmons said of the Wallabies lack of height.Theres a lot of different things that go into a lineout, and a short guy being lifted by tall guys is the same as a tall guy being lifted by a short guy. ' ' '