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

More rain pain for Edgbaston

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England v Australia - Match Abandoned
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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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  • POSTED BY JG2704 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

  • POSTED BY Hammond 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)..

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!)

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer 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.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 11:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY OzCharlie on | July 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 6, 2012, 2:16 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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

  • POSTED BY Hammond 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)..

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!)

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer 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.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 11:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY OzCharlie on | July 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 6, 2012, 2:16 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 6, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    @RandyOz - oh no! Hammond is a 100% true-blue bog average Ozzy! Pigs fly!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @Nishant Mishra on (July 05 2012, 11:36 AM GMT) Indeed it is , but this is an absolute freak summer and folk talk about rain in the summertime like English people enjoy it. I for one , absolutely hate it. But while English weather is definitely less reliable/predictable than other countries , we have not had this continual crap weather for week after week becoming month after month before. Even on our worst summer months we get 50% good weather. I thought you may at least remember that the weather was good during the 2nd part of the English summer of 2011 even if the competition wasn't

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Give them half a chance to win the last two- play the lions team against the rabble. It might give them some false hope.

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    All the remaining ODI matches seem to be under the threat of either being abandoned or curtailed thanks to typical English Summer conditions :(.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @Yevghenny on (July 05 2012, 10:45 AM GMT) If we were to win 3-0 or even 3-1 then I think we go ahead of India which after the thrashing we got in our away series there would have seemed like a fantasy. We will obviously then get many well wishers from that neck of the woods congratulating us on how we bounced back from a bad WC and disastrous tour of England.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Marcio--Calm down there. Eng have mixed away form with whitewashes against and for vs India and Pak since the world cup. Oh and we're trying the old "Too many home series" thing again. For 1 , you might care to check out the stats , it's fairly level - maybe slightly more home series but that's partly because some of the WCs have taken place when there may have been an away series. Also I suspect a team would stand to earn less ranking points by winning home series - I think if Eng had won this 3-2 they'd have stayed where they were whereas I'm sure they'd have risen has we won 3-2 in Aus. Anyway Aus is number 1 still and I'm sure they are better than what they are showing here but here Eng are outplaying Aus , no matter who the best team is overall. Please publish

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | July 5, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Not getting the #1 ranking is a real shame, it would have been magnificent to see all the squirming and moaning about South Africa B team on here! #1 in all 3 formats, it is going to happen sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Besides anything else, this washout is a big blow for Chris Woakes. It's not guaranteed that he was going to play but it looked to be on the cards. If he had got the chance in front of his home crowd and done well then it would have been great for his future prospects and also give England a bit more confidence in their depth for the future. With Anderson now apparently fit and Meaker available, will Woakes get another chance any time soon? Hopefully if England win game 4 then he'll play game 5 regardless.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 5, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @ jackiethepen (post on July 04 2012, 21:07 PM GMT): The turnouts at all of the games I must admit has been excellent, and that's great to see. I'm just venting my frustration at this "rotation policy" thing, which often sees key players that WANT to play (e.g. Anderson in the last test match against WI) missing out, yet their bodies and energy are thrown around in 'not-so-meaningful' games like these remaining ODI's that I would bet most of the same players no longer give a hoot about anyway.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @maximum6 on (July 04 2012, 22:47 PM GMT) 2 wins might be enough as it stands if either of the 2 remaining games are rained off. Unfortunately I wouldn't rule that out

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 04 2012, 18:10 PM GMT) I wouldn't say they were meaningless. I believe that if we win 1 of the 2 games we edge past India and winning both would bring us closer to SA and Aus and we have the SA ODI series coming up where the winner (if Eng beat Aus heavily) if by a decent margin goes top. And like YL says we've still not actually won the series

  • POSTED BY suruz9 on | July 5, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    go aussie go.... i wan lee, clarke, watson, warner to fire..

  • POSTED BY suruz9 on | July 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    aussie have to comeback strongly there pace attack especially lee has to fire coz he knows english condition very well and i think peter forrest should be dropped...

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 5, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    @Maximum6, the forecast is bad for an entire week. Even with a reserve day the chances of getting any play at all are poor, quite apart from the fact that there must now be a travel day, a rest day and a practice day between matches (yes, I know... DAFT!) The game in Durham at the weekend is very doubtful already. And to think that the spring began with a severe drought and a warning that even months of rain would not necessarily ease the water shortages. We have had a run of years with very little time lost and play starting in April and continuing almost into October with good weathe (anyone remember the Champions Trophy being played in England in late September and not a minute was lost?): we were due a bad summer.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 5, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Rouan de Villiers on (July 05 2012, 05:53 AM GMT), you're quite right that there's no dominant team at the moment like Australia were for a while and WI before that. Personally, I think that that's a good thing because it adds for more interest in each series. That said, it doesn't mean I want everyone to be mediocre. There's no way that this England team are ready to be dominant in ODIs particularly until they sort out some of their issues in the subcontinent. They are proving quite dominant at home though and are making real efforts to improve away, with Lions tours and EPP camps in the subcontinent, so I think that they could be at or near the top for some time to come. That said, even myself and some other England fans have admitted that it's likely that the #1 Test ranking could change hands a few times over the next few years. That might help to keep more teams hungrier for more of the time though.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 5, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @Marcio, did you win in India? No. Whitewash, Tests and limited overs. Did you win in the Caribbean? No. Only drew the ODI series? Did you win against South Africa? Don't think so? Did you beat New Zealand? I seem to remember something about them winning a Test in Australia for the first time in 30 years. The fans like you who think that your side is something special are living on the past. England are not special, but there again, in 2012 no one is. Most of the rivals are on the slide or just plain inconsistent. And, just to remind yiou, we did win the UAE ODIs and T20 and, despite the Indian disaster, won the T20 there too. That run of 8 consecutive victories in ODIs includes 4 in Asia: when was the last time that Australia did that recently?

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Well this Aussie side is pretty shocking - I wonder how many of the players who got them to no.1 is still even in the team. Maybe 3? Pretty sure the Windies will give them a good go at the moment - England doesnt deserve to be No1 though, dont think anyone deserves it tbh. No one team should rightfully be on top.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 5, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Marcio, you also like to bring up Australia's 6-1 victory over England in their last meeting regularly. No doubt England were completely outplayed but, while it doesn't excuse the performance and they likely would have lost anyway, there were mitigating circumstances. RandyOZ likes to talk about England players getting MBEs but that should indicate how much an away Ashes victory meant to England. So much of their time and effort went into achieving that victory and the jubilation was so great that there's no doubt that they were not the bext team they could be in the following ODIs. Now that England have won the Ashes a couple of times and taken the #1 Test ranking they are starting to apply more of their resources to ODIs. The next WC is not on the subcontinent so their form there is irrelevant to that. Even if they don't win that WC, I think that they're moving in the right direction and will be an improved side between now and then.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 5, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @Marcio, you keep banging the same drum but, unless I missed it, you are yet to give England any credit for the good things they have done. I believe it was you who tried to highlight England's poor away record while completely ignoring there most recent series, which was a 4-0 win. People like to talk up England's problems against spin but I haven't seen any Aussies acknowledge that Ajmal had a significantly worse average and strike rate, although a slightly better economy rate, in those ODIs against England than Narine did against Australia recently. Australia just managed to scrape a 2-2 draw in that series against (I believe) an 8th ranked WI team missing several of their best batsmen. There's also no doubt that England have significantly outplayed Australia so far this series. I didn't think Australia would finish this series without winning a game beforehand but now I'm not so sure. As for playing so many games at home, do you have any numbers because I think it's fairly even.

  • POSTED BY catch-him on | July 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    As much as I would like to see England top of all ICC rankings - its a dangerous thing to blame the weather. It was the weather that prevented jolly out SA clean sweeping NZ earlier this year which would have put them on top of England in Test rankings. Bide your time England - not long now . . . !

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 5, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Even without rain... I don't think Eng would have got that much needed whitewash to gain the No.1 spot in ODIs.... anyway better luck next time !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Brenton1 on | July 5, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    The rain giveth and the rain taketh away.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 5, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @RandyOZ- I'm no pom. 100% true blue.

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    I'm kinda glad the Edgbaston match was rained off, as we would've caned the hapless Aussies yet again before wrapping up a 5-0 series victory at Chester-le-Street & Old Trafford, & would therefore have advanced to No. 1 in the rankings, a position I don't feel we fully deserve until we obliterate India's pensioners this winter. As for the Aussies: can't they pretend Bailey, Forrest, Smith, Doherty & Johnson have all gone down with a mystery bug & whistle up Starc, Nannes, Hughes & Jacques from the shires instead?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 5, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    It's good to see a much improved performance from the Aussies compared to the first two games.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 5, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @yorkshirematt. We had a player join our club from your part of the woods last summer & he is still getting over the amount of washouts we had! We had a poor season weather wise as well, It's far more frustrating when you are approaching the end of your career!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 5, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @5wombats. It's strange you state that about the weather as our recent "summer" was the worst I can recall as we also missed out on a lot of cricket, due to rain, with our club. One of our teams went through December 2 until mid February between games! Even my side lost 9 days out of 26 allotted . That said, one of our players is playing in South London & is taking a stack of wickets so the weather (on Saturdays at least) must be working well there).

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    So that means Australia must win both matches to level the series. Whilst England only need to win one.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 5, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @deano_411 and now England face a bog average Australian side. Your point being?

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | July 5, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    This is the latest weather bulletin from Britain: Summer has officially been cancelled this year; winter will begin just in time for the Olympics.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | July 5, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Fascinating that a local county 20/20 had outsold a England v Australia ODI. How the times have changed...

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | July 5, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    The Poms really have been getting carried away with themselves. Two ODI wins and the fans think they are unbeatable in this series, the superior beings. All this nonsense about how great English players are and how terrible the Australian players are is just hubris.Let's face it. No team has ever been ranked number one with such a terrible away from home record as this England ODI team has. The huge number of home games/series they have played have artificially boosted their rankings. Australia deserve to be #1 simply because they consistently win away from home. And this series is not over yet.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Living in Oregon on the US west coast I don't have many opportunities to see international cricket. My one good shot was also at Edgbaston on June 18, 2008, a match you won't find in the annals because it ended one over short of a result around 7:30 following a long rainy mid-day, a 3 pm start and several stoppages. NZ were on the verge of winning via the D/L method and captain Dan Vettori was rightly unhappy about the 30-minute interval during one of the few dry periods. The ICC immediately changed the rule and directed umpires to shorten the interval during rain-affected matches.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/355372.html

    Still waiting for a chance to see an international match to a conclusion... though I did manage the full first day of Leicestershire v Middlesex at Lord's in August 2010, with Matthew Hoggard taking 6 for 63 ...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 4, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Bloody English weather saving England from a thrashing! We were definately going to win that one! We was robbed! LOL!

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Also I just want to say Ireland game v Afghanistan also washed out two straight days so Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are very unlucky when it comes to the weather I wonder how your weather is like in Autumn or Winter?

  • POSTED BY Smithy49 on | July 4, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @maximum6, I agree but knowing England it would properbly rain again.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 4, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Somewhere the maths has not been done; we need 3 wins to take the series of 4 matches not 2. So I would not reccomend leaving anything to chance in case we make fools of ourselves. anyway we can get that no.1 spot in the matches v SA so it makes sense to go in and Aus hard here.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | July 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    No wonder half of the pommy commenters live in Oz. Miserable! And it's meant to be Summer!

  • POSTED BY deano_411 on | July 4, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @ Hammond love how cocky England get and think they are now above playing the likes of Australia but just remember Australia played a good decade or two against an EXTREMELY poor England side

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 4, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Here in Central Illinois, USA, it's 38 degrees C today (yes, that's thirty-eight) and the Americans are celebrating the fact that they aren't British any more. I was hoping to see some cricket as a relief from both situations. Ah, well!

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | July 4, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    This summer is an absolute joke. I love cricket, it's my life, but my club has played one match out of seven, I've seen a total of 3 matches at Headingley and every time i switch on the TV expecting to see some cricket, I'm greeted with Gower, Bumble, Atherton et al discussing previous matches or showing a re run of the 2009 Ashes. It really makes me wonder why we bother. Anyway roll on 2013, and hopefully a great, dry, Ashes series. I've written this summer off.

  • POSTED BY henrystephen on | July 4, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Another reason to feel sorry for people who live in Birmingham. But since when have the English started caring about ODIs?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 4, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Australia yet again saved by the rain!

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | July 4, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Excuse me RealNick I have bought tickets for friends and family for the game at Durham. It is not meaningless to us. Or to the huge crowd expected.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Disappointed with the abandonment.Wish there was a reserve day for this match.England and Australia deserve a complete 5 match ODI series. Hope Australia gives a good fight in the next match.

  • POSTED BY sheila_4 on | July 4, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Pity. I was looking forward to seeing the Aussie bowlers hit out of the park again.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @all. This English "Summer" is a SHOCKER - even by English standards. Worst summer I can ever remember.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | July 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Ahmed this is not really that unusual for an English summer, I think it is amazing we have manged to get the amount of games finished that we have! Oh to be in England in the summertime.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 4, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain, at the moment the bad weather is being caused by the Jet stream being too far south, which has meant Most of europe has great weather, so all the rain comes to england, this happens from time to time, if the Jet Stream moves about 100km north then we should get a decent end to the summer, I just dont think it will. I think they've said this is the worst start to the summer (in cricketing) terms since pre war.

  • POSTED BY Andy_S. on | July 4, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    It's ok fellas. RandyOz will be along later claiming that the rain was South African. @Ahmed...you haven't experienced a true "English Summer" then? :-) More rain than the wet season in Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    darshan whoever upset you it would not have been english we have more rain than you could want. just think we have had rain for the last 6 weeks and more to come. just think over 8 areas of england the drought regulations in place up till then, and im not sure a couple are still not in place.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    maybe a good thing if we had won the last 3 games and gone to the top in all 3 formats randy would have blown a gasket. i thought before the series that not many of this aussie team could call themselves # 1

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Can't believe the weather is this bad in UK Summer! Pretty unbelievable!

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @yorkslanka (post on July 04 2012, 18:59 PM GMT): Errr, good point... but does it make a difference to the rankings? I don't see the point in risking injuries to key players in meaningless ODI games, when the likes of SA are coming...

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | July 4, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    thats a shame I was looking forward to reading the excuses from the Aussie fans. Least they can take a bit of a hint which is unlike what happens with certain other fans.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Agreed- get the Lions out there. No more need to play against this riffraff.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | July 4, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    From the weather forecast expect the smae again on Saturday, sever weather warning in the North East. Disappointing but I would have taken it with a pinch of salt if England had risen to No.1 ranking still very much work in progress however promising. I am greatly looking forward to getting a good competitive home series after the mis match of last year.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - isnt that if & when Eng win the next match and take the series??

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 4, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why can't they come back tomorrow and try again?? Seems looney not to as they have two days twiddling their thumbs.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Well, that's that then. This effectively means that the remaining two games are meaningless. England should rest their full test squad, and not waste time and energy on this anymore.

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  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Well, that's that then. This effectively means that the remaining two games are meaningless. England should rest their full test squad, and not waste time and energy on this anymore.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 4, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why can't they come back tomorrow and try again?? Seems looney not to as they have two days twiddling their thumbs.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - isnt that if & when Eng win the next match and take the series??

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | July 4, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    From the weather forecast expect the smae again on Saturday, sever weather warning in the North East. Disappointing but I would have taken it with a pinch of salt if England had risen to No.1 ranking still very much work in progress however promising. I am greatly looking forward to getting a good competitive home series after the mis match of last year.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | July 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Agreed- get the Lions out there. No more need to play against this riffraff.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | July 4, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    thats a shame I was looking forward to reading the excuses from the Aussie fans. Least they can take a bit of a hint which is unlike what happens with certain other fans.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @yorkslanka (post on July 04 2012, 18:59 PM GMT): Errr, good point... but does it make a difference to the rankings? I don't see the point in risking injuries to key players in meaningless ODI games, when the likes of SA are coming...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Can't believe the weather is this bad in UK Summer! Pretty unbelievable!

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    maybe a good thing if we had won the last 3 games and gone to the top in all 3 formats randy would have blown a gasket. i thought before the series that not many of this aussie team could call themselves # 1

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    darshan whoever upset you it would not have been english we have more rain than you could want. just think we have had rain for the last 6 weeks and more to come. just think over 8 areas of england the drought regulations in place up till then, and im not sure a couple are still not in place.