Rain has washed out the entire first day of the fifth and final cricket test between South Africa and England in Centurion.

The start of Friday's match was delayed twice, but as rain continued to fall it was clear the players would not be able to take the field at all.  Occasional thundershowers are predicted for Saturday.

England leads South Africa in the series 2-1.  The second test ended in a draw.

South Africa named all rounder Andrew Hall and fast bowler Andre Nel to the starting line-up, replacing batsman Boeta Dippenaar and fast bowler Dale Steyn.

England made just one change to the team that won the fourth test.  Simon Jones was recalled for James Anderson, who bowled without much control in the fourth test.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.