Morne Morkel will open the bowling...two slips in place
Here come the umpires! South Africa get into a huddle. England's fight to retain the No. 1 spot is able to begin. No immediate change to the order as Alastair Cook and Ian Bell walk out
2.55pm The cover is now completely off. We may just get a start here. And then they'll try and stay on during light rain. Pitch, unsurprisingly, is quite green. But the ball will also get damp.
2.50pm Thanks Alan. And I come with bad news. Spots of rain in the air and the main cover is back on. Well, it changes again. The cover has been moved aside. It's teasing us. The stumps are in the ground.
2.45pm On Sky, they're showing the toss. Don't worry, South Africa still won it and chose to bowl ... Anyway, with the prospect of the some actual play, I'm going to hand the Rain Watch baton back to Gnasher. Cheers
2.40pm Right, back to business, then. AB de Villiers and co are warming up on the outfield, which is a hive of activity. Only the wicket remains covered and while the skies are grey it isn't raining. Get out there and play, lads, while you still can!
2.35pm This, from Jeff in the US, is so bad it's genius: "I guess we'll just have to let Bydgoszcz be Bydgoszcz then."
2.27pm Actual Cricket News from Wales: That latest roll of the dice is a 3pm start, with 24 overs per side. Just don't glance at the rain radar.
2.25pm You wouldn't have predicted it at the start of the day but the word on everyone's lips right now is "Bydgoszcz". Not that any of us can pronounce it ...
"Wojciech's comment of 'light but quite intense rain' has got me perplexed," says Mahinder Vagel. "Was the rain lighly intense or intensly light?!"
And Gav is struggling with the news: "So you're telling me that my hopes for a Polish Premier League are now ruined??" Don't worry, Gav, you can be sure that when they get one up and running, Chris Gayle will be snapped up by the Krakow Fire Dragons within days.
2.15pm "Not quite true about baseball," observes Alan Tipler. "Occasionally a rained-off match can become a double header the next day but if the rained-off game is the last of a series the lost game is played later in the season when both teams are available. They play 6 days out of every 7 and have to travel vast distances between each 3 or 4 game series." Yes, but most of the time, they're just sitting in a dugout, aren't they? What's the longest-ever at bat? Ten minutes? And then there's half-a-dozen pitchers to rotate ... No wonder they have to play 160 games a season to earn their dollars.
2.10pm It's still drizzling down at Cardiff. The crowd looks to have thinned out a bit now - and if the Welsh have given up on a dry afternoon, you know you're in trouble.
2.05pm I've been doing a bit of research and it seems Bydgoszcz doesn't currently have a cricket club. Wojciech, I think the whole of cricinfo's readership is behind me in saying: you need to sort this out.
2pm "I suspect Messrs Yardy, Gale, Trescothick and Adams might have something to say about moving this match to tomorrow..." Chris rightly points out that Cardiff has a kiss-me-quick date with FLt20 finals day arranged for Saturday.
Eamonn, meanwhile, doesn't think losing this one to the weather will be a disaster: "@Antonio: Oh no! Not another washed out ODI, I mean it's not like these things are played almost non-stop all over the world..."
And Gav thinks the ICC may not be the administrative cynosure we all thought: "What authority does the likes of the Cardiff City Council have over the unified and glorious might of the International Cricket Council? Oh hang on..."
1.55pm News from Poland, cricket's new frontier. "In my own city, Bydgoszcz, we had light but quite intense rain from 11am until 2 pm and... it's all over, now is blue sky, sun and fresh air... what is wrong with you England? Rain, stop (15 minutes) rain, stop (15 minutes), rain.. again and again and again..." You've summed it up pretty well there, Wojciech. How are Bydgoszcz CC doing this season, by the way?
1.45pm "The baseballers here in the US play 162 games in the regular season/year, and games simply get pushed to the next day in the event if inclement weather. How many years will it be before cricket can finally figure out how to simply use an extra day, or what about the wild notion of turning it into a day/night game? Is it really that difficult?" I think, Antonio, the amount of rain/reserve days would stack up to such an extent it would become a towering disaster. The calendar is crowded enough as it is. Extending a regular game into a day/nighter is a more sensible option but would probably fall foul of council restrictions on the unplanned use of floodlights, or some similar bureaucratic nonsense. Yeah, I know.
1.35pm Perhaps the only solution is to pretend they're not even interested in playing, don't announce a start time, and just run out as soon as the clouds pass through for a five-over thrash. D'you think that would trick the rain gods? The cut-off time, just to remind you, is 3.32pm.
"England should play their home matches in UAE and not Pakistan," suggests Salman Bhatt. Knowing England cricket, games there would probably be abandoned due to an overly dazzling sun ...
sun has come out over the Costa del Cardiff and the locals are now prancing around in ill-fitting beachwear heavens have opened again. Heaviest rainfall of the day so far, apparently.
1.25pm Looking at that rain map, there appeared to be a clear band sweeping over ... and so it is: we're now looking at a 1.45pm start. Will bring you news of any further reduction in overs as and when we get it.
1.20pm "What happens to the rankings if the match is a draw?" wonders pb. "Will the winner of the 2nd ODI then become No. 1?" Yes, if this becomes a no-result it should just roll over. And when that game is rained off, it will fall to the third, and so on ...
Here's James: "Breath now fully released. Just looked at BBC weather for Cardiff. Rain disappears about 8pm. Not good." As you can see from the rain radar, it's pretty filthy looking down in the south west.
1pm I told you not to hold your breath - look, now, you've gone all blue in the face. The overhead sprinkler system is back on at the Swalec and that 1.15pm start time has been scrapped.
12.50pm Hello... The rain has stopped again and the covers have been peeled off the square. Or are they being rolled out again? It's all a touch Hokey Cokey out in the middle. Anyway, a new start time of 1.15pm has been mooted. Don't hold your breath.
12.45pm I'd love to tell you we were about to start playing a 38-over match. Love to say that. But the rain has returned and those brave Welsh souls in the stands are glistening like wet otters, as Boris Johnson would likely have it. There is, however, some cricket successfully taking place in the shires - Division One leaders Warwickshire have lost a couple of early wickets in pursuit of 367 to beat Middlesex, while surprise challengers Sussex are four down halfway to their target of 160-odd. You can follow the action on our county blog.
12.35pm Arrrghh. The rain has returned so that start time looks unlikely. On that frustrating note I'll hand over to Alan Gardner.
12.30pm Just a hint of rain in the air again. The covers are poised but the players are still warming up. The Powerplays are eight overs, four bowling and three batting if we get 38 overs per side. Wonder if either side would have selected a different team if the rain had come before the toss?
12.15pm If there is no more rain we will get a 38-over per side match.
12.05pm Good news, folks. Play will start at 12.45pm as the rain clears. It might not stay away, though. Will bring you details of overs etc when we get them.
12.00pm For those of you who like to keep track of such things, as the toss has taken place this match will now count in the records even if there is no play.
"England beat WI for 5th place in the under-19 WC," says John Muir. "Reece Topley looks a great prospect- 19 wickets in 6 games at an average of 9.10 and economy rate of 3.17 and he's only 18. He's a left-armer, too. One to watch." Indeed he is, very exciting. Essex have another, too, in Tymal Mills.
11.50am Maybe some more positive news from the ground...the rain appears to be stopping and the umpires are having a look.
Oh, well, that was brief. Drizzle is back. The umpires have left. As you were.
In the UK we are getting highlights of the World Cup match between these two teams from Chennai. It was a thriller. Stuart Broad has just tweeted: "I know the result but I'm nervous watching it!!"
11.45am Paul Flounders has asked about the most consecutive ODI wins by a team. England are currently on ten, but have a long way to go. Here's the record
"As many as 7 sothpaw's in proteas squad." says Sharad. "Hmm i can see Swanny smiling."
PDTM asks: "If there was only enough time for a 20 over game, would it be a T20, or just a short ODI? Could have some ranking implications..." Just a short ODI, not classed as a T20.
11.35am It's funny who you meet doing BBB. A mate from university, Richard, has got in touch. "Alright Andy how you doin? What do you guys think about Tim Bresnan looking like he is not going to be allowed to bowl 4 or maybe 8 overs at the t20 finals day tomorrow? Or if it's washed out today will he be released?"
Hey Rich...I suspect he'll be released for Yorkshire if there's no play and there's a decent chance of it even if there is a shorter game. Good luck to your boys tomorrow.
Meanwhile, PDTM as this: "@Andy: It wouldn't be inconceivable to play Bairstow, Kieswetter and Prior in the one day team (if there were enough spots going). None of them have done much wrong with the bat."
11.30am Full covers still in place. Pretty dank scene at the moment. The match has to start by 3.32pm for us to get a 20-over contest.
Boogoo isn't happy: "August Bank Holiday and they put ODI's on the Friday and Tuesday? No disrespects to cricinfo but what about the poor office worker who wants to actually watch the cricket?"
"Why would you need both Kieswetter and Bairstow in your side?" says Andy. "Bairstow's keeping is more than competent, so he could bat at six and allow you to play five bowlers/allrounders."
11.15am Here's Chris: "England are in a very rare situation of having too many bastman to fit into the team. I'd like Cook, Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Bairstow, Keiswetter but if you have Patel as well you're left with 20 overs from Patel/Bopara/Trott which puts a lot of pressure on the 3 front line bowlers."
11.00am It's still raining. "100% agree with Sumith," says Thomas. "Peter Trego has been in the last 3 T20 final days but yet ECB Selectors dont bat an eyelid."
Quite a few questions about Albie Morkel. He suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury against Gloucestershire so suspect South Africa didn't want to risk him.
10.45am Although we are in 50-over mode today (or should be, at least) thoughts are turning towards the World Twenty20. Here is ESPNcricinfo's latest selection of players to keep an eye on.
Here's sumith: "Query : Are Peter Trego and Ryan ten Doeschate eligible to represent England internationally ? If yes then they should be included asap. Two brilliant players underused in world cricket." Trego yes, ten Doeschate no.
10.35am While wait for a break in the weather here, there's a Test match going on in Hyderabad and you can follow it here.
"Correction Gnasher," starts Graeme from South Africa. "SA are now using Robbie P as their main SLOW bowler. Spin is only incidental, and, one must sometimes assume, accidental, to his bowling." Haha. Similar things were said about Paul Harris.
Another Saffa (well done with that) says: "I can't believe Matt Prior is not in the one-day side! His keeping has improved massively in the last couple of years, and with Pietersen's future uncertain, I think he is easily the most dangerous batsman in the test side."
"Why do England persist with Eoin Morgan?" asks Neil Dyer. "Surely Jonny Bairstow deserves the nod ahead of him?" Did you not see his innings against Australia at Lord's? A one-day matchwinner.
10.30am "I must say i'm particularly disppointed that Bairstow didnt get the nod ahaed of Bopara," says Peter. "I dont understand why the England set-up choose to go with someone that has been tried and tested and pretty much been failing every such test lately. Jonny deserves a go. As a South African i would much rather see Bopara in the side! Lets hope he doesnt prove me wrong ..." To be fair to Ravi he had a very good series against Australia earlier in the summer.
"Come on Peter!" says Nix. "You should have watched Bopara bat against Australia. It was due to him and Bell that the Aussies weren't even able to dismiss the top 4. I have not been a fan of Bopara but his recent performances have been excellent."
10.20am A few of you asking where Johan Botha is for South Africa. It's an interesting story. We'll see him in the Twenty20s, but after the World Twenty20 he will be released from CSA contract to captain South Australia. So, in ODIs, they are now using Robin Peterson as their main spinner.
10.15am We should be starting now but we aren't. The full covers are going on. Start delayed by rain. Could be a long day, folks.
"My opinion is that this Proteas bowling attach has been led by Morkel for a few years now, ably supported by Tsotsobe of late," says Saffa from, yep, South Africa. "Steyn's absence will not hurt us, but it would have been nice if Albie was in, instead of Parnell."
10.10am Sadly the covers have been brought on moments we were due to start. It's not heavy rain yet but the radar images suggest that is on the way. Meanwhile, plenty of debate about Ravi Bopara keeping his place ahead of Jonny Bairstow despite his recent personal problems leading to a lack of cricket and Bairstow's excellent Test at Lord's.
10.00am Dean Elgar is making is ODI debut today and has big shoes to fill as he replaces the rested Jacques Kallis. I remember watching him at an Under-19 World Cup and he looked a good player. Bowls some left-arm spin as well.
"South Africa seem to lack a bit of power hitting," suggests Dan. "And with Duminy, du Plessis and Elgar all capable of bowling spin, dont quite see why we have picked so many bowlers."
9.55am I do have to say that the forecast for today is not good with a band of heavy rain moving across the country. It's dry and the moment, but we'll do well to get a full day's play. Fingers crossed, though. Plenty to play for.
9.45am Hello everyone and welcome to the start of the one-day series between England and South Africa. It's another battle for No. 1. Alastair Cook has been presented with the ICC one-day shield, but his team will lose it if they slip up today in Cardiff. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Alan Gardner will bring you all the action.
The first news of the day is that South Africa have won the toss and will bowl. No Dale Steyn for them today which is a shame. England, meanwhile, have replaced Stuart Broad with Chris Woakes.
England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn
South Africa 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Dean Elgar, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Morne Morkel, 11Lonwabo Tsotsobe