England v Australia, NatWest Series, Edgbaston July 4, 2012

More rain pain for Edgbaston


England v Australia - Match Abandoned

England were thwarted in their aim to become the No. 1 side in all forms of the game as rain forced the third ODI at Edgbaston to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.

England, who had won the first two games in the series, needed to win the series 5-0 to become the No. 1 ranked ODI side. They are already the top ranked side in Test and T20 cricket. Australia, the current No. 1 ranked side, were also disappointed as the washout means they can, at best, only draw this series.

While gaps between the showers flirted with a large crowd and ensured an exhausting day for the ground staff, the rain never stayed away long enough to allow the outfield and bowlers' run-ups to dry sufficiently from the torrential rain that has fallen across Birmingham in recent weeks. More than 11mm of rain fell on the ground in the 24-hours preceding the scheduled start of the game. Play was finally abandoned just after 6pm, four hours after the scheduled start time. Spectators will receive a full refund, minus a small administration fee.

There was some good news for England. James Anderson, who missed the second match with a thigh strain, was able to bowl in between the showers and would have been fit for this game. With Jade Dernbach out of the series with a side strain, England will announce whether either or both Stuart Meaker (who was added to the squad for the second ODI, but was unavailable for the third because he was attending Tom Maynard's funeral) and Chris Woakes (who was added to the squad for this match) will be in the squad for the fourth ODI, to be played on Saturday at Chester-le-Street. Unfortunately the weather forecast for that game is not at all promising. The final game in the series is to be played on July 10 at Old Trafford, which is hardly a city famed for its arid conditions.

The washout sustains a grim run of fortune for Warwickshire and the long-suffering Birmingham public. The Test between England and West Indies was ruined by rain, as was a Friends Life t20 game between local rivals Warwickshire and Worcestershire when a full house crowd of 25,000 had been anticipated. Warwickshire had, at least, mitigated against the losses from this game and the FLt20 match by insuring not just ticket sales, but retail sales, too.

While a large crowd - the club had sold over 21,000 tickets - tolerated the delays with patience and good humour, news of the abandonment was met with jeers and boos. The sight of the Australia team slipping and sliding over the outfield as they attempted a training session following the abandonment would have underlined the impression, however, that conditions were simply unfit for cricket.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on July 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Meety on (July 07 2012, 02:13 AM GMT) You wait , If we have about a week of dry weather we'll start getting drought alerts , hosepipe bans etc.@CS - Looks like we will get some cricket today. The T20s have been a joke this year. @CS - looks like we'll get some play today after all. A bit of a lottery with the domestic T20 qualifiers too

  • Geoffrey on July 7, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    @Meety.. nothing else to say about my nationality? Have to say the weather in Sydney has been pretty cold and gloomy, bring on the cricket season (only one that wasn't as wet as last years- I think we lost about 6 games to rain)..

  • Andrew on July 7, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    @JG2704 - earlier this yr in SE QLD, we had I think 2 weeks of overcast raining days, towards the end of it, I said to my son, I'spose this is what it's like living in England! I have to say I was starting to get a bit down towards the end of it! Partly because I knew once the sun came out - the grass would grow by the hour! (had to use the highest setting on the mower - which meant I knew I'd have to mow against the next week - bloody rain, give me drought!)

  • Geoffrey on July 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Meety.. pigs may fly but not over my western sydney home.

  • Mark on July 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    JG, right now my wife would gladly swap the mid to high 30s here for some nice British rain! We'll be at the Olympics in 4 weeks time, so probably she will! I am guessing that the Durham game will be called off and that will be the series.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @meety- I am Hammond- I'm on Facebook too. You work out whether I am English.

  • John on July 6, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Meety on (July 06 2012, 02:16 AM GMT) My moods can go up and down with the weather. Every summer we get spells of rubbish weather but it'd days rather than weeks now becoming months. I usually like to get loads of mileage in on my pushbike and combine rides with coastal path walks along the beautiful south Devon coast. I got out a few times in May but it has been impossible in June and it's really frustrating - esp as there seems to be no end to it. I know it's the same for everyone but it's little consolation.

  • Randolph on July 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Meety - yeh, and I also just got selected for the US Dream Team!

  • Charles on July 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    You could always come and live in Australia, the weather is great here.

  • Andrew on July 6, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @JG2704 - re: English weather, you really are a glass is half full kinda chap!

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