New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have moved the venue of the fourth ODI against the Proteas from Napier to Hamilton.
The clash between SA and NZ XI was rained out on Tuesday at McLean Park, which unveiled inadequate drainage at the ground, driving NZC to change the venue.
The last two ODIs at the ground, against Pakistan in January and Australia in February, was abandoned because of a wet outfield and NZC were not willing to risk another washed-out fixture.
‘Any period of significant or extended rain in the lead-up would likely result in the same outcome,’ NZC chief operating officer Andrew Crummy said.
The washout against Australia was the third time in four years bad weather forced an ODI to be cancelled in Napier without a ball being bowled.
Heavy remedial work has taken place at the ground, in preparation for ODIs involving England and Pakistan next season.
The Proteas will play a one-off T20I against the Black Caps on Friday, followed by five ODIs and three Tests.
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