Rain washed out the entire second day's play but the Grandstand team was able to catch up with some interesting guests.
All times in AEDT.
5.30pm: Well that's all the action for day two. The late mail is my colleague Adrian Crawford had a few ales last night and danced up a storm - hence the rains. He has been suitably restrained for this Saturday night and hopefully we have a full day of cricket tomorrow. The complexion of the game has changed despite a ball not being bowled all day. South Africa will resume at 2 for 255 with Hashim Amla (90) and Jacques Kallis (84) to face up to the Australian quicks and the new ball in potential overcast conditions. A few early poles could unsettle a Proteas order without JP Duminy, while a strong first session from the tourists would really stretch Australia's chances of victory. Be sure to join us for live coverage throughout day three. Until tomorrow, Raman Goraya signing off.
5.23pm: Jim Maxwell fills us in on the Gabba schedule.
A washout means potentially 315 overs left in the match with extra hour per day. Forecast mainly sunny, chance of showers on armistice day
5.18pm: Drew Morphett was able to grab Aussie coach Mickey Arthur as the pitch is put to bed. Arthur says a result is still possible in what is now effectively a four-day match.
"We've got to be on the money. One disastrous session, one disastrous hour can lead to a Test win or Test loss.
"No doubt we can win from here. South Africa hold the whip hand, they did the hard yards yesterday but as I said Test cricket can change in an hour."
Arthur said his bowlers were ready to come off on day one and they need to make the most of the second new ball after avoiding damp conditions today.
"We needed our quick bowlers to get their energy levels right up.
"We need the ball to swing for us, we need it to work for us so we wouldn't have liked it if the ball got wet."
5.05pm: STUMPS. Play has been called off without a ball being bowled in anger at the Gabba. Play will start at 10.30am AEDT on day three and will finish 30 minutes later.
4.58pm: Umpires Bowden and Rauf stroll out into the middle to check out the conditions.
4.46pm: At Flemington, Darren Weir's Puissance De Lune storms to victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2,600m). Jockey Glen Boss makes the big call: "This horse will win the Melbourne Cup next year. You'll be talking to me again on the first Tuesday of November." Kerry O'Keeffe's pick of Dare to Dream failed to place.
4.43pm: Century for Umsan Khawaja for Queensland (4 for 200). An outstanding knock on a pitch where the highest score has been 25. His drives and work on the onside has been outstanding according to Grandstand's Peter Newlinds at Bellerive. The challenge has been thrown down to those in the Australian top order.
4.26pm: With JP Duminy out for the series, it seems Ashwell Prince is the man likely to take his spot. Coincidently Prince's broken thumb back in 2008/2009 giving Duminy his Test chance.
: Op was a success and Morphine keeping me in a happy place! sweet of the boys 4 my little gift! Lol #legendaryteammates
4.14pm: Queensland is continuing to build its lead after lunch on day two in Hobart. Usman Khawaja (88) is slowing down on his way towards three figures as the Bulls move to 3 for 163, a lead of 68 runs.
3.53pm: Yesterday we asked for name suggestions for a trophy to be contested between Australia and South Africa. Kepler Wessels proved a popular choice (the Kepler Wessels Vessel is the clubhouse leader) and the dual international brightened up the commentary box with a good old chinwag alongside Drew Morpett and Geoff Lawson:
3.43pm: Looks like stats guru Mohan Menon (
) thinks the last time no play was possible in Brisbane was back in 1965! The second day of a drawn Ashes Test to be exact. Our own numbers man
thinks it's 1983. It's a stat-off. This just got interesting. And Finlay wins! Mohan backs down: "Also no play at the Gabba on the 5th & final day (29 November 1983) Aus-Pak from @RicFinlay #AUSvSA".
3.40pm: The cut off time for today's play is 5.00pm AEDT. The boys in the box are not optimistic.
3.22pm: A whole day of a Gabba Test match has not been rained out since 1983. Bit of a shame the sunshine state has failed to deliver for one of the most anticipated series in years. Luckily, the forecast for tomorrow is mostly fine with a possible shower and a max temperature of 25.
3.10pm: While it's a beautiful and sunny day at Flemington, the rain is still falling at the Gabba. Odds on play today getting longer and longer by the minute.
3.05pm: Damien Oliver has just won the Emirates Stakes with Happy Trails (how apt) in the final Group One of the spring at Flemington to go with his Victorian Derby win on the first day of the carnival. Earlier in the day
Mental won the Pattinack.
2.55pm: The rain delay gives Australia's most iconic cricket commentator a chance to spend some time with Richie Benaud. Just kidding, Richie. Would be fantastic to be part of that conversation.
2.38pm: The Bulls have taken first-innings points on day two of the Sheffield Shield clash at Bellerive Oval. No play was possible on day one after wild weather in Hobart. The Tigers were skittled for 95 and Queensland is 3 for 114 with Peter Forrest last man out for 25. But Usman Khawaja is letting the selectors know he is keen to win his Test spot back with an unbeaten 53 off 63 balls including 10 fours. Ben Cutting took 4 for 25 and Luke Feldman 4 for 33 for the Bulls.
1.53pm: Even more bad news from the Twitter account of South African batsman Jacques Rudolph.
1.50pm: More bad news from the Gabba. Conditions are not looking great and Jim Maxwell thinks any play is still a couple of hours away, if at all.
1.07pm: While the players are having lunch I'm sure they are keeping an eye on the radar. Still consistent drizzle around but if the band of cloud that is currently surrounding Brisbane passes without any more rainfall we should see some action in the afternoon. The Gabba traditionally drains very well. That's about the extent of my knowledge, I failed meteorological school.
12.58am: Drew has an interesting conversation with one of the Australian cricket team's sports scientists Sherylle Calder (The Eye Lady) about her work with some of the best sportspeople in the world including Ernie Els, Jonny Wilkinson and the Dutch women's hockey team which won gold in London.
||"If your eyes aren't fit it is going to affect how your body reacts."
12.35pm: Grandstand producer Ned Hall has just informed us lunch will be taken between 12.50pm and 1.30pm.
12.20pm: Geoff Lawson managed to get hit hands on the ball that was replaced after 75 overs yesterday because of split seam. He thinks it was a bit of a dud and may have contributed to Australia's poor bowling performance. Geoff says the Duke is much better to bowl with than the Kookaburra (which is terrible when wet) and Jim argues there should be a standard ball for all international Test matches.
||"It only swung the first couple of overs... The split in the seam is pretty unusual for Australian conditions."
What do you think? Tweet us at @abcgrandstand or on our Facebook page. We've had a few responses on Facebook already.
Luke Fitzpatrick: A good craftsman doesn't blame his tools Geoff! Some fairly decent batting out there would have done some damage surely?
Tony Webster: Doesn't explain the poor line & length.
Lee Dallman: Lawson looks fit enough to have a bowl. Couldn't do worse than Siddle etc etc yesterday.
A few unconfirmed reports are saying the ball Australia actually used yesterday looked more like this. Tad harsh.
12.10pm: Quentin also grabbed Aussie quick Peter Siddle, who admitted he was frustrated after an unfortunate first day. But Siddle says some cloud cover could assist the Aussies in trying to swing the ball on day two.
11.55am: Earlier this morning Quentin Hull caught up with South African coach Gary Kirsten who confirmed batsman JP Duminy is undergoing surgery in Brisbane today after snapping his Achilles. Kirsten said the Proteas will bring over a new batsman to join the squad ahead of the second Test in Adelaide.
11.45am: Meanwhile, at the Gabba...
Still raining at gabba. Four security guys on the field guarding the square. Over servicing? Make it six of them. Overtime and penalties. Nice work if you like living in a poncho.
11.34am: The rain break gave Drew Morphett some time to catch up with South African legend Barry Richards. The right-handed opener only played four Tests due to South Africa's exclusion from the international sporting scene in 1970. Nevertheless, Richards made his name as a prolific runscorer at first-class level. He also talks about his move to Australia to play Sheffield Shield, where he scored 325 runs in one day for South Australia against a Western Australian attack including Dennis Lillee.
11.00am: Here is a view from the top of the ABC building at South Bank looking south towards the Gabba. You can see one of the light towers in the distance. Believe it or not it has actually cleared up.
10.36am: Our friends at Channel Nine have dumped their coverage and switched to Gilligan's Island. That's not a great sign. But we are still live on the air. You can listen online with the above links. To listen via mobile click here.
10.30am: Good morning cricket fans. Well, not really. There has just been a massive downpour at the Gabba and any play in the first session looks very unlikely. There are a few clouds out in the west that are as big as Jacques Kallis' back lift, but we hope the worst has passed.
In the meantime, listen to Jim Maxwell and Kerry O'Keeffe share their views on day one.