Cricket: Rain delays play in New Zealand-England Test

Rain delayed play on the final day of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Monday as a draw looked increasingly likely, with forecasts of drizzle all day.

New Zealand are 162 for two in their second innings, still 49 runs in arrears after the tourists enforced the follow-on.

Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 55 at stumps on a rain-affected fourth day Sunday and Ross Taylor was 41 not out.

The covers remained on at the scheduled start time, with a message on the Basin Reserve's electronic scoreboard wryly noting "Drought? Schedule a Test match", a reference to a drought declaration made in Wellington last week.

New Zealand Cricket said a decision on whether to abandon the final day's play would not be made until late afternoon.

The drawn first Test in Dunedin was also hit by rain, while the third and final Test will begin in Auckland on Friday, when meteorologists predict the weather will be fine.